West Ham United sacks Slaven Bilic and appoints David Moyes

Slaven Bilic has been sacked as West Ham manager, with former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes appointed in his place albeit on an interim basis.

Bilic would leave the club in the Premier League relegation zone after the defeated in Saturday’s 4-1 game against Liverpool at London Stadium, with West Ham officials said the club believed a change was necessary “to move forward positively and in line with their ambition”

Speaking to reporters as he left West Ham’s training ground, Bilic — who was appointed in the summer of 2015 — said: “There are no hard feelings. I can be very proud of my work here.”

“We didn’t start this crucial season well. As in many clubs across Europe, the manager is the one who pays the price. It’s a very logical move.”

Moyes, his replacement, will make his managerial debut for West Ham against Watford in the Premier League on 19 November.

The 54-year-old said he has a point to prove and is “hungry to get things right” after being appointed as West Ham’s new manager. He has been out of work since May, when he resigned as Sunderland manager after the club’s relegation to the Championship.

“It’s only been the last job where I feel it wasn’t a good move and I didn’t enjoy the experience,” Moyes said of his time with Black Cats.

“So I’m hungry to make sure I get things right now. I don’t know any manager who hasn’t gone through negative periods, especially in the game today. I hope it gives me great strength and understanding of what is required.”

Joint chairman David Sullivan claimed that Moyes is “the right man to turn things around”, and that the club “needs somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it”.

“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,” Sullivan added.

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