Slaven Bilic gets sacked, West Ham United appoint David Moyes as their new manager

The appointment comes a day after Slaven Bilic was sacked following the Hammers' 4-1 defeat at home to Liverpool

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West Ham United have appointed David Moyes as their new manager.

Negotiations for the 54-year-old former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss to take over from the sacked Slaven Bilic progressed smoothly on Monday. Bilic left the club on Monday with the side in the Premier League relegation zone. The Croat's final game was Saturday's 4-1 defeat by Liverpool at London Stadium.

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The former Manchester United and Everton boss succeeds Slaven Bilic in the role after the Croatian was relieved of his duties on Monday, Sky Sports News understands.

Moyes becomes the 16th manager in West Ham's history and will sign an interim six-month contract, with the club languishing in 18th place in the Premier League. His first game in charge of West Ham will be at Watford on 19 November, as per the BBC.

Former England and West Ham defender Stuart Pearce is thought to be lined up to join the backroom team. Goalkeeping coach Chris Woods, the only member of Bilic's coaching staff not to leave on Monday, will be reunited with Moyes after spending time working with the Scot at Everton and United.

Joint chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold had said Bilic's departure was the opportunity for a manager to "inject fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm into a very talented squad".

The Hammers are 18th, having won just two Premier League matches in 2017-18 - and lost their first three league games of the campaign.

Bilic spent a reported £42m on players in the summer - including forward Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City for a club record £20m and former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen for £16m. But West Ham have taken just nine points from 11 league matches, conceding 23 goals.

Prior to Bilic's sacking, Moyes publicly expressed an interest in the West Ham job while working as a TV pundit in Doha.

The 54-year-old told beIN Sports: "I've always said I want to go back into club management and if the right opportunity comes around, then I'll be interested.

"I've been there myself, I know what Slaven is going through at the moment. He must be hating it and wanting to get a result as quickly as he can. If it becomes available yes, but at the moment it's not available."