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.’



  • Peaky

    Before everyone starts getting excited no way will Rafa go to a club that is run by dodgy owners & execs…..oh…hang on a minute….

  • Mike

    Id put £££ on Rafa taking it

    • Peaky

      Much more likely than Everton imo.

    • Kneebotherm8

      He’s gotta be their preferred choice………the West Ham fans want him as well……a unifying figure,at a club in turmoil,if ever I seen one……..Ashley will be be clapping his hands as well,if there’s any compensation…….hopefully there’s not and the fat twt gets nowt…..

      • thewildchimp

        If you had to compare him to the currently jobless managers – he’s probably everyone’s preferred choice. Except Ashley’s…

        • Kneebotherm8

          Probably right there…..Ashley will have Allardyce back with the thoughts of perennial successful relegation fights uppermost in his mind……Allardyce has won nowt but his forte in winning relegation battles will attract Ashley……a marriage made in heaven for Fatman…….16th or 17th position will do him nicely every time…..

          • thewildchimp

            I pray that it doesn’t happen, but I’ve come to terms that anything can happen in this club and it’s usually not the good news…

    • Peaky

      Much more likely than Everton imo…..Penfold needs to get his finger out of Augustus’s backside and get this contract sorted….NOW
      🤓🤓🤓

      • thewildchimp

        Well, the transfer window opens today (it’s past midnight), so the game is on. They will probably sign Dubravka immediately to try to pull a cloth over Rafa’s eyes, but I expect him not buying it. On Saturday we’ll know if Mitro’s going to Fulham (it’s probably a done deal if they get promoted), so the next week is crucial in persuading Rafa to stay. Or better to say: to wait and see if Ashley actually gives him £50+m net after the Cup.

        • Peaky

          Agree on all points.

  • Andy Mac

    That photo if Moyes reminds me of a cartoon character but just can’t place it ?

    • Peaky

      Know what you mean….bonny lad 🤣😂🤣

    • Rich Lawson

      Surely it’s actually Beaker from the Muppet’s ?

      • Kneebotherm8

        Yup……..its Beaker alright………😂😂

    • Billmag

      Sid the sloth in ice age maybe.?

      • Ram Kishore

        Yes the sloth
        I saw the same resemblance😂😂

    • grantham mag

      Its PLUG from he bash street kids, Beano Comic.

  • Paul Patterson

    They will both be back in management soon. Allardyce to Watford and Moyes to Stoke or West Brom.

    • Ram Kishore

      Moyes is not as bad as Mr Big shambles.. lol

    • Lord

      Sadly predictable isn’t it. What money on Allardyce replacing Neil Warnock in November after a bad start and we hear the old line about him never being relegated trotted out.

      Can’t believe the bloke has trousered yet another £6m payout.

  • NUFCDan

    Both be back in management come Christmas

  • Billmag

    Both thought themselves good enough to manage Real Madrid, and Hippo Heed thought Rafa was lucky to win the European Cup.

    • ghostrider

      That cup wasn’t won by Rafa, it was given away by AC Milan for some inexplicable reason.

      • Rich Lawson

        No they were played off the park in the 2nd half,inspirational team talk at half time,better tactics. I hate Liverpool generally but you can’t just reinvent history to suit your point of view.

        • ghostrider

          You can believe that if you want. I watched that game and I was very very suspicious of it.

          • Toon Arnie

            You don’t really believe that – attention seeking waffle as always.

          • panther

            never thought id agree with ghost but Gerrard won that by himself

          • ghostrider

            Yes I do believe it. That game was far from teh result of some kind of miraculous team talk at half time.
            AC Milan were streets ahead. They made Liverpool look like some non-league team in the first half.
            Whatever happened in that second half was something other than liverpool miracle team talk in my opinion.

          • TheFatController

            I don’t know how much you follow football, but not every game is fixed because one team is way better and the other way worse after half time.

            Psychologically players mindest can change and then it’s hard to change back.

            It’s a little known phenomenan in football, only a few really know the phrase, but I’m privileged to know they call it ‘a game of two halves’…

          • ghostrider

            I’m well aware of a game with two halves and this one we are talking about is a classic example of a game of two halves.
            However, it does not tell the whole story of the game and unless watched from start to finish, will anyone know the reasons as to why it was a game of two halves in the sense of something not quite right going on.

            By all means see it as how you see it. Many will but some will not…including myself.

          • Weyhhadaway

            Something like the 4-4 comeback against Arsenal had nowt to do with our increased efforts after the break?

          • ghostrider

            I’m not talking about the game against Arsenal and I’m not talking about all games being untoward.
            I’m talking about one particular game at this time.
            Using a straw man argument against me is pointless.

          • paul mclaughlan

            Liverpool were awful first half and AC (especially their keeper) the second. Nothing more nothing less.

          • ghostrider

            In your opinion and fair enough.
            In my opinion it was much more than just this.

      • Ram Kishore

        Infection called stupidity has affected your brains.. Dw I can recommend a treatment

    • Ram Kishore

      SO Moyes told u that ..Bill?

      • Billmag

        No not really just read it somewhere Ram. 👓

        • Ram Kishore

          This guy ghost rider seems to be fine at times..
          Then posts messages.. that are stupid

          • Billmag

            Block him like I have then you don’t get read his garbage.

          • Weyhhadaway

            don’t feed the troll

  • Ram Kishore

    Moyes wasn’t the only reason Sunderland got relegated Graham

  • Weyhhadaway

    So if Rafa goes, which one of these two best fits the Ashley profile of a washrag, i mean manager?