David Moyes has made an unlikely return to West Ham, charged with the task of saving the club from relegation for the second time in three seasons. He has been given an 18-month contract and will take charge on Monday following the sacking of Manuel Pellegrini.
Pellegrini was dismissed 90 minutes after the 2-1 home defeat by Leicester on Saturday, 18 months after he replaced Moyes at the London Stadium.
He had overseen an awful run of games and had been under pressure before defeat by a much-rotated Leicester side proved the final straw for the West Ham owners, David Gold and David Sullivan.
We are pleased to confirm that David Moyes has returned to the Club as first-team manager. pic.twitter.com/Y2fxo5hTCE
— West Ham United (@WestHam) December 29, 2019
“It’s fabulous to be back,” said Moyes. “It feels great to be home. I’ve missed being here because I really enjoyed it. 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 at West Ham. 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,” Moyes added.
West Ham are a point above the bottom three and their need for a quick fix means they did not target managers at other clubs, ruling out moves for Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Dalian Yifang’s Rafael Benítez.
Moyes, who was linked with Everton before Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment at Goodison Park, has been out of work since leaving West Ham after keeping them up in the 2017-18 season.
The former Everton manager did not leave West Ham on good terms. He was hired on an initial six-month contract after Slaven Bilic was fired in November 2017, and was tasked with keeping West Ham in the Premier League.
While he did that with two games to spare, supporters were unhappy with the side’s style of play and Moyes, who struggled to convince the board he was worthy of a long-term deal, left after growing aggrieved at his treatment.
West Ham will play AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on New Year’s Day.