West Ham United joined fellow London club Crystal Palace in making a coaching change early in the Premier League season. Like Palace, West Ham is in the relegation zone. Like Palace, they went with a known quantity in English soccer.
David Moyes takes the job with West Ham in 18th place on nine points. They’re a point behind 17th-place Bournemouth and 16th-place West Brom and five points ahead of bottom club Crystal Palace. West Ham lost to Liverpool in their last game, 4-1 away after drawing 2-2 at Palace. Their last league win came on September 30th, 1-0 at home over Swansea City the club now in 19th-place.
“It feels great to be here,” Moyes told the club’s official site. “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.”
The job, of course, is sticking some other club in that relegation spot and moving up the table. That was what Moyes tried to do with Sunderland last season, ultimately finishing in last place with 24 points. The Independent’s Jack Pitt-Brooke lists what West Ham needs to stay up under Moyes.
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