West Ham turned down by Rafa Benitez – Report
Tuesday morning has seen West Ham confirm the appointment of David Moyes.
The Scotsman replaces the sacked Slaven Bilic and predictably, the Hammers are talking up his ‘past’ achievements (see below).
When I say ‘past’, that doesn’t obviously include his last three jobs.
Undoubtedly a success at Everton, David Moyes then was a disaster at Manchester United.
Following on from there, he was sacked by Real Sociedad in November 2015, after a really poor year at the club, the club in relegation trouble with only two wins from 11 games.
His replacement Eusebio Sacristán came in and transformed the situation, Real Sociedad recovering to eventually finish 9th in La Liga.
Even worse was to follow for David Moyes, getting what would surely be a final chance in the Premier League, he helped Sunderland to be one of the worst ever teams in Premier League history, relegated with only 24 points.
Amazingly, West Ham see Moyes as the man to turn them around.
It seems inconceivable that he was the first choice for the Hammers and a report in The Sun claims that Rafa Benitez turned West Ham down, before they finally went for David Moyes (other newspapers have also claimed the Newcastle manager turned down West Ham).
Rafa had long been linked with West Ham and even with compensation to pay, you can’t imagine that they’d have chosen Moyes over the Newcastle boss.
The newspaper report also says that both Roberto Mancini and Carlo Ancelotti said no to the East London club.
Interesting to see this table produced by BBC Sport, showing the average points per Premier League game for past managers at West Ham.
Three former Newcastle bosses featuring, Sam Allardyce having a worse record than all but two of the nine listed.
West Ham Official Statement:
‘West Ham United can confirm the appointment of David Moyes as the club’s manager.
The 54-year-old Scotsman arrives with tremendous experience and pedigree, having managed in the Premier League for 14 seasons, with eight of the last nine ending in top eight finishes.
The former Preston, Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland boss has been voted the League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year on three occasions, in 2003, 2005 and 2009, and won 10 Premier League Manager of the Month awards.
He enjoyed a magnificent eleven-year tenure at Goodison Park, leading the Toffees to the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and an FA Cup final, before being hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson as his successor at Manchester United in the summer of 2013.
Joint-Chairman David Sullivan said: “I would like to welcome David to West Ham United.
“This is a unique position for David Gold and myself – it is the first time in almost eight years at West Ham United that we have appointed a new manager during the season.
“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. He is highly regarded and respected within the game, and will bring fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm.
“He proved with Everton that he has great qualities and we feel that West Ham United is a Club that will give David the platform to display those qualities again.
Born in Glasgow on April 25 1963, Moyes enjoyed a 19-year playing career that started with Scottish giants Celtic and took in spells with the likes of Cambridge United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town, Dunfermline Athletic and Preston North End, finishing with over 550 league appearances.
However, he had always been destined for a future in coaching – having taken his coaching badges at the age of just 22 – and when the opportunity came to step up at Preston in January 1998, the then-34-year-old began his managerial career.
After saving Preston from relegation in 1997/98, he then led them to the Division Two title in 1999/2000, before following that up by reaching the Division One play-off final the following year, when they missed out on promotion to the Premier League by a whisker.
In March 2002, Moyes took over at Everton, replacing fellow Scotsman Walter Smith. He took over the Merseyside club when they were above the relegation zone on goal difference and led them to safety with a 15th place position.
An impressive transformation of the club’s fortunes followed and they finished seventh in Moyes’ first full season in charge. In the 2004/05 campaign, Everton finished ahead of Merseyside rivals Liverpool in fourth position, their highest ever Premier League finish to date, and secured Champions League qualification as a result.
After establishing Everton as a successful Premier League side with top eight finishes in his last seven years in charge, Moyes was selected by Sir Alex Ferguson to take on the daunting challenge of replacing him at Old Trafford in May 2013.
Moyes won the Community Shield at Wembley in August – becoming the first Manchester United manager ever to win a trophy in his first season in charge, but left the club after just ten months.
In November 2014, he took over at Real Sociedad for a year-long spell in Spain’s La Liga, leading the club to a famous win over Barcelona in January 2015, before returning to the Premier League in the summer of 2016 with Sunderland, where a difficult year ended in relegation last season.
Moyes will meet his new players for the first time at Rush Green on Tuesday morning, before taking charge of the team for the trip to Watford in the Premier League on Sunday 19 November.’
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