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David Moyes leaves West Ham after six months in charge

David Moyes

English Premier League club, West Ham have announced that Manager David Moyes has left the club after just over six months in charge which follows “the end of his short-term contract.”

The 55-year-old coach, who took over from Slaven Bilic last November with the club in the relegation zone, helped them secure safety in the league with two games to spare, and finished 13th.

According to a club statement on Wednesday, Moyes only came to the London club with the sole objective of ensuring the Hammers’ Premier League status – which he has achieved.

The former Everton and Manchester United boss recorded 9 wins and 10 draws from 31 games as West Ham boss.

Joint-Chairman David Sullivan told the club website: “I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League.

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“Throughout his time here, David has carried himself with dignity and honesty and we have all found him to be a pleasure to work with. He, Alan, Stuart and Billy accepted the challenge and attacked it head on, turning around a difficult situation. They deserve great respect for the job they have done and they leave the Club with our best wishes.

“When David and his team arrived, it was the wish of both parties that the focus be only on the six months until the end of the season, at which point a decision would be made with regards to the future. Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete, we feel that it is right to move in a different direction.

“We are already taking steps to identify and recruit the manager we believe can take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions. We aim to appoint a high-calibre figure who we feel will lead the Club into an exciting future for our loyal supporters within the next ten days.”

Moyes’ assistants Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay have also departed with immediate effect, the club said.

West Ham also added that they will be making no further comment until a new managerial appointment is confirmed.

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