Pellegrini, Fonseca and Benitez early favourites to replace Moyes at West Ham

by Jack Kitson / 16 May 2018, 13:10

It’s official, David Moyes is no longer the West Ham manager after the club confirmed that they will not be offering the Scot a new contract at the London Stadium.

The news came just a couple of hours after Everton confirmed that Sam Allardyce had left his position at the Merseyside outfit.

West Ham must now begin the search for their third manager in the space of seven months.

Former Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini, Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Paulo Fonseca and Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez have emerged as three of the early favourites in the Next West Ham Manager Market, whereas Huddersfield’s David Wagner is also a reported target.

4 names in the frame for the West Ham job

Like Allardyce, Moyes will feel hard done by at the decision, as he comes to terms with losing his fourth job in four years, following disappointing spells as Man Utd, Real Sociedad, and Sunderland.

The 55-year-old was a surprise replacement for Slaven Bilic back in November when he signed a short-term contract through to the end of the 2017/18 season.

The Scot was tasked with leading the troubled Hammers to safety, which he achieved with a 13th-placed finish, nine points clear of the drop zone.

That deal then expired on Sunday night after Moyes led the Iron to a final day victory at home to Allardyce’s Everton, and now the club have confirmed his exit.

In a statement joint-chairman David Sullivan said:

"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.

"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."

 

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