David Moyes has been re-hired as manager of West Ham on an 18-month deal, following Manuel Pellegrini’s sacking on Saturday evening.
The 56-year old Scottsman returns in the London club just 18 months after he was overlooked for the job and Pellegrini was hired. Moyes managed to keep West Ham in the Premier League in the 2017/18 season, taking the team from Slaven Bilic, who left them in the relegation zone.
David Moyes: “I missed the club”
The former Everton and Manchester United manager has expressed his desire to continue working at the club.
“It’s fabulous to be back. It feels great to be home. I’ve missed being here because I really enjoyed it,” he said.
“I enjoyed being around the stadium and I loved being in this part of the world, and I missed the club so I can’t wait to get started. I’m feeling very proud that I’m back here.”
“But I think more importantly I’ll be looking to see what I can do and what I can make improvements to, how we can get some wins with the players and how we can get some quick wins on the field as well.”
“I do believe that the squad of players I’ve got here is a better squad of players than when I took over before, so I am looking forward to working with them.”
“David proved in his short time with the club that he was capable of getting results and we believe that he will start moving the club in the right direction once again,” David Sullivan, joint-chairman of the club said.
“We are delighted to welcome him back – he knows the club well and he built strong relationships during that time which will be crucial for the work that needs to be done going forward.”
The first game of Moyes in charge of The Hammers will be against Bournemouth on New Year’s Day. Following that, West Ham will play Gillingham in the FA Cup third round, then visiting Sheffield United and playing Everton, where Moyes spent 11 years of his managerial career.