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David Moyes leaves West Ham United

Moyes leaves West Ham after short spell Moyes leaves West Ham as the club look to go in 'different direction'
Cary Erickson | 17 May, 2018, 04:03

The 55-year-old has been allowed to leave the London Stadium despite guiding the Hammers to Premier League safety, having succeeded the sacked Slaven Bilic in November with the east Londoners in the relegation zone.

West Ham will move to lure Rafa Benitez from Newcastle after confirming on Wednesday that the tenure of David Moyes as manager was over.

Meanwhile, the team ended the season on thirteenth position.

Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale had the following to say on Big Sam's departure.

"After which a decision would be made with regards to the future".

West Ham's joint-chairman David Sullivan - a target for plenty of that ire - thanked Moyes for keeping the team in the top flight and promised a "high-calibre" figure as his replacement.

British media reported that Marco Silva, who has managed Hull and Watford in the Premier League over the last two seasons, could take over.

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The latter left Watford in January after he was initially linked with taking charge of Everton before Big Sam did, but the Hornets blocked the move and then Silva's side slumped drastically as he was sacked.

Chairman David Sullivan said: "I will like to place on record my honest thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League".

Moyes is understood to be unhappy with the way he was treated, not least when efforts were clearly being made to replace him while he was still in charge.

The Scottish coach restored a work ethic that had been lacking at West Ham, including getting the best out of Marko Arnautovic by reinventing him as a lone striker. But with plenty of unrest behind-the-scenes amid fan protests against the owners which sparked pitch invasions during the season, there are a lot of issues for West Ham's hierarchy to sort out.

Moyes' assistants - Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay - have also departed with immediate effect.

Paulo Fonseca is looking increasingly likely to remain with Shakhtar Donetsk following reports that he has turned down a move to West Ham.