West Ham target managerial appointment within 10 days

West Ham intend to appoint a new manager within the next 10 days after the club decided against extending the contract of former Manchester United boss David Moyes.

The 55-year-old has been allowed to leave the London Stadium despite guiding the Hammers to Premier League safety, having succeeded the sacked Slaven Bilic in November with the east Londoners in the relegation zone.

Top-flight survival was secured with two games to spare with Moyes, who was handed a short-term deal upon replacing Bilic, guiding them to a 13th-place finish with nine wins and 10 draws from his 31 games in charge.

Such a record was insufficient to earn Moyes an extended stay and West Ham have stated they hope to appoint a “high-calibre” replacement and have previously been lined with Shakhtar Donetsks Paulo Fonseca.

“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 the future,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan.

“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.”

Moyes last game in charge was a 3-1 win over Everton on Sunday, after which he suggested his preference was to stay at the club.

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