West Ham officially hires David Moyes as manager

Jul 21, 2016; London, United Kingdom; General view of the seats at Olympic Stadium with the team name West Ham United F.C. prior to the London Anniversary Games. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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West Ham United has officially confirmed the appointment of David Moyes as the club’s next manager. Moyes, 54, succeeds Slaven Bilic roughly six months after the new West Ham manager resigned with Sunderland.

“It’s only been the last job [at Sunderland] where I feel it wasn’t a good move and I didn’t enjoy the experience,” Moyes told Sky Sports. “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.

“The focus here is purely between now and the end of the season. The first thing is to win the next game and build from there, and I’m sure we will be in a much stronger position before long.”

Moyes also had previous stops with Preston North End, Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad. His first opportunity at the helm of West Ham United comes on November 19.

“It feels great to be here,” he added. “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.”

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