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.

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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.’



  • Dillon Tovak

    Moyes’ biggest problem is picking jobs, Man U after Fergie and Sunderland were impossible jobs and his style of play is completely unsuited to La Liga. He could do alright at West Ham, it’s just a case of whether still respect him enough to have faith in him.

    I’d like to think Rafa turned down the money that West Ham have because that would be the biggest indicator that he believes we will be sold.
    However as it’s in The S*n you can write it off as news.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      I actually think Moyes will do alright there. West Ham is a different beast to Sunderland and Man united was a poisoned chalice to follow Fergie. He was a bit naive and isnt very good at choosing his jobs but this one could suit. He’ll steady them but it wont be inspiring.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Did he turn it down because he knows the sale of the club is imminent or is it a case of better the dodgy dealer you know than the three dodgy dealers you don’t ???

    • TheNutJob

      He`s hedging his bets Moyesy is on a short term contract

  • TheNutJob

    Muppet Moyes has a 6 month contract, the Hammers will be back in for Rafael next May if the sale of the Toon goes pear shaped & Fatso`s still here.
    they may well not get the bums rush off the boss then.
    Viva Rafa

  • Rich Lawson

    He always looks miserable (dour scot’ etc ) His record over the last 5 years is dreadful,presumably they have to pay Bilic off and Moyes costs nowt and is only taken on to the end of the season when they can get a better manager,I don’t think he has it in him to lift this team,and will they back him with big funds in Jan’ after what they have spent at the start of the season ? I’m guessing not and wouldn’t be surprised to see him take them down.

  • Paul Patterson

    Two relegation places left to fill . .

    • Dillon Tovak

      Moyes will probably be gone by January.

  • Geordiegiants

    He is a charismatic at a lump of wood.

  • HarryHype59

    The appointment of Moyes defies logic! His day has long gone! WHU will be this seasons SAFC!

  • Steve Pearce

    Why does everybody insist on commenting to Porter’s dull and inane posts?
    What concern is it of a true Newcastle fan who is in line to manage another team? Responding to this just gives him free rein to clog our eyes up with oceans of shyte – if we ignore him he might just go away…..

    • HarryHype59

      You don’t have to comment on the post if it is of no interest! I think one of the relegation spots is now taken! Good news for NUFC!

      • Paul Patterson

        The irony of his comments are frightening.

  • ghostrider

    How about this for a theory on Moyes appointment.
    Moyes gets the job till the end of the season and manages to keep West Ham up. (it’s very possible with the players they have).
    By this time Newcastle have been taken over by a money bags owner(s) who don’t want Rafa as the manager and leaves the door open for him to take over the West Ham job just in time for a summer revamp, leaving us with a new manager to do likewise.

    Basically Moyes just being a temporary seat warmer. lol
    Ok, it’s just a theory but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.
    Nobody needs to take what I said too seriously by the way.

    • Paul Patterson

      I like a good theory and it could be titillating for the press if that pans out. But I can’t see new owners wanting to replace Rafa, let alone find someone better. I also can’t see Moyes keeping West Ham up.

      • ghostrider

        To be fair West Ham do have a decent set up and if honed correctly without interference (of which I believe Bilic was under) then they could easily escape the drop.
        However, whether Moyes is the man to effect it is another story; not just because of his past exploits or him not having a clue, but trying to get the players onboard quickly maybe a massive stumbling block to his mindset.

        Anyway, it’ll be interesting how it all pans out because fans might think Ashley’s a dodgy character but those two owners of West Ham seem as shady as all hell and I don’t just mean skin flicks. lol