West Ham vow to appoint 'high-calibre figure'

16th May 2018

West Ham United have vowed to appoint a "high-calibre figure" to replace departing manager David Moyes.

The Hammers endured an indifferent season on the pitch and flirted with relegation before eventually securing a respectable 13th place finish.

Moyes took over from Slaven Bilic on a short-term deal in November 2017 with the east London club languishing in the relegation zone.

The Scotsman guided the club to safety but has parted ways with West Ham after a meeting with senior officials.

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Concerns were raised among fans that the style of football employed by Moyes did not suit the 'West Ham way' and co-chairman David Sullivan is determined to aim high with his next appointment.

"We are already taking steps to identify and recruit the manager we believe can take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions," he told the club's official website.

"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."

Such a quick turnaround suggests West Ham are likely to already have a shortlist of potential successors in place.

The Hammers have recorded just one top-10 finish in the last five seasons and will be expected to push on towards the European places next term.

Early names to be linked with the London Stadium include former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca.

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