Moyes on trial – West Ham chief makes startling admission ahead of first game in charge
By Laura O’Leary
West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has insisted that despite David Moyes’ short-term deal, they have no other manager lined up, but admitted that the new manager has to take what he calls his “big chance”.
In an interview with Sun Sport, the 68-year-old spoke on the recent appointment of Moyes as West Ham manager and the decision to only hand him a six month contract.
He said: “This is a gamble but let’s see where we are at the end of the season. I believe he will keep us up.
“I have promised him nobody else has been lined up, that we have not signed another manager for next season.
“This is his job and he has to grab it, it is a big chance for him.”
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Moyes was appointed the new Hammers boss on Tuesday after the sacking of Slaven Bilic on Monday.
West Ham currently find themselves in the relegation zone, situated 18th in the Premier League.
West Ham have only nine points from their first 11 games and have the joint second worse goal difference with -12. Only bottom place Crystal Palace have a worse goal difference.
Bilic’s last game in charge was the Hammers 4-1 defeat courtesy of fifth placed Liverpool.
The Hammers have failed to win any of their last four league games, losing two and drawing the other two.
However, West Ham successfully knocked Tottenham out of the League Cup on October 25, coming from two goals behind to win 3-2.
David Moyes’ first game as Hammers boss will be on Sunday November 19, when his new side travel to face Watford in the league.
This is Moyes’ first management role since leaving Sunderland in May 2017, after he was unable to stop their relegation from the Premier League.
In other West Ham news, Slaven Bilic has spoken out for the first time since his sacking as Hammers boss.