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.”
In an an interview shortly after his appointment, David Moyes admitted that he can’t wait to get started on the challenge ahead.
After flying back from Qatar yesterday afternoon, the 54-Year-old Scotsman immediately took a train to London to finalise his appointment, and spoke exclusively to whufc.com after putting pen to paper late last night.
“It feels great to be here,” he said. “West Ham is a big club. Wherever you go they are known. I’ve been really fortunate in that I’ve managed some really great clubs, and I have been offered some other opportunities recently.
“But I wanted a job that would give me a real good chance [of success]. I wanted a big fanbase, a big club, and West Ham fitted the bill.
“I’m really just looking forward to getting started, because we are now in the season and we have to get up-and-running right away to get the job done.
“We are without some players at the moment who are away on international duty but we will get the chance to work with the players who are here this week and I am looking forward to it.”
Moyes will report for his first day in charge at the club’s Rush Green training ground this morning and, with just under two weeks until we return to Premier League action against Watford, he says the additional time will give him a better opportunity to get to know his squad and implement the style that Hammers fans can expect to see under his leadership.
“It gives me a chance to get settled in and get to know how things work,” he said. “I think we’ve got a good squad. At the moment they should be in a better position than they are, and I believe they will be come the end of the season. I’ve got no doubts about that, but ultimately we have to show it on the pitch.
“I hope West Ham fans are going to see a team that is organised and disciplined. But I have always only ever wanted to be involved with attacking, entertaining football. And I feel really confident with the group of players we have got here that we can provide that.”
“West Ham supporters are a very passionate group, and we need them behind us. How do we do that? By building a successful team, with good players playing well, and that’s what we are aiming to do.”