David Moyes was a surprise appointment at West Ham but no surprise to now seeing him get the push.
After relegating Sunderland in bottom place, it was a shock move by the Hammer to replace Bilic with the former Man Utd manager.
Sam Allardyce was sacked only hours earlier today by Everton but unlike Fat Sam, David Moyes won’t have a massive pay-off (reported to be £6m for Allardyce) to cushion the blow.
He was given a short-term contract only until the end of this season and he has done an ok kind of job, fumbling his way to Premier League safety with a group of players who should never have really been in relegation trouble.
Today’s events, especially at West Ham, will no doubt see ever increasing speculation linking Rafa Benitez with the job(s).
That is of course until Mike Ashley changes his ways and decides to fully support Rafa Benitez.
West Ham Official Statement – Wednesday 16 May 2018:
‘West Ham United can confirm that David Moyes has left the Club following the end of his short-term contract.
The 55-year-old arrived at London Stadium in November, with the sole objective of ensuring the Hammers’ Premier League status. The Club can also confirm that his assistants Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay have departed with immediate effect.
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.”
The Club will be making no further comment until a new managerial appointment is confirmed.’