West Ham appoint Moyes after Bilic axe

London: West Ham named former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes as their new manager on Tuesday after sacking Slaven Bilic following a string of poor results that left the club mired in the Premier League relegation zone.
The Hammers parted company with Bilic on Monday, two days after a chastening 4-1 loss at home to Liverpool convinced co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold that the club needed a change of direction to stop the rot. West Ham, languishing in 18th position with just two wins in 11 games, are banking on Moyes’s experience in the English top flight to lift them out of danger despite his underwhelming recent record in management.
“We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it, and we believe David is the right man to turn things around and get the best out of the players at the club,” said Sullivan.
“He is highly regarded and respected within the game, and will bring fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm.”
West Ham have not disclosed the length of Moyes’s contract but some reports said it was a six-month deal, suggesting the focus is on survival this season.
Moyes, 54, has been out of management since he resigned from his post at Sunderland at the end of last season after failing to prevent the northeast club being relegated from the Premier League.
He managed Everton for 11 years from 2002 before leaving the club to replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United but was dismissed after just 10 months in charge.— AFP