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David Moyes leaves West Ham after just six months in charge

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David Moyes has departed West Ham after just over six months in charge despite guiding the club to Premier League survival.

Moyes, whose contract expired at midnight after the final game of the season, a 3-1 win over Everton on Sunday, took over from Slaven Bilic on a short-term contract in November with the club in the relegation zone.

The former Everton and Manchester United boss recorded nine wins and 10 draws from 31 games as West Ham boss.

In a club statement, 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.”

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