Moyes ready for West Ham challenge

07 November 2017 04:15:24 EST

David Moyes will have almost a fortnight to prepare for his first game in charge of West Ham United after being named as the club's new manager.

The 54-year-old Scotsman succeeds Slaven Bilic, who parted company with the Hammers on Monday in the wake of the 4-1 home drubbing by Liverpool, a result that left the club at 15/8 to be relegated this season.

The appointment has not been greeted with much enthusiasm by West Ham fans as Moyes has been without a job since being axed by Sunderland at the end of last season after they had been relegated from the Premier League.

Moyes started his managerial career at Preston before enjoying an 11-year spell in charge of Everton from 2002 onwards.

He was named as Manchester United's new manager in the summer of 2013 following Sir Alex Ferguson's departure but failed to last one season at Old Trafford before being sacked.

He then endured difficult spells at Real Sociedad and Sunderland.

Joint West Ham 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."

West Ham face Watford in the Premier League on Sunday 19th November and are 13/5 to beat the Hornets at Vicarage Road.

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