David Moyes was today unveiled as the new West Ham United manager after the recent sacking of Slaven Bilic.
The Hammers took little time to secure their new man after a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool proved the final straw for Moyes' Croatian predecessor. The club sits a lowly eighteenth in the Premier League table with three times as many losses as wins.
The appointment of Moyes sees him return from management after six months in the wilderness, following his resignation from the Sunderland job when relegation struck.
Joint-chairman David Sullivan explained the decision, stating: “We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it, and we believe David is the right man to turn things around and get the best out of the players at the Club.
"He is highly regarded and respected within the game, and will bring fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm.
“He proved with Everton that he has great qualities and we feel that West Ham United is a Club that will give David the platform to display those qualities again.”
Exactly right, David, he proved his great qualities... at Everton.
Since the 54-year-old departed Goodison Park, his managerial career has hit a number of hurdles.
His foray into Spanish football lasted less than year and procured a measly win percentage of 28.57% before the aforementioned slide down to the Championship with Sunderland.
Undoubtedly the most gut-wrenching period in Moyes' recent career, however, proved the failure of his dream move to Manchester United. The Scot was granted very little time to turn things around, faced brutal expectations and was dismissed by April.
A seventh place finish simply wasn't good enough and, albeit harsh, the decision was met with almost unanimous agreement.
And, in West Ham's official statement this morning, they addressed this period of Moyes' career in interesting fashion. You can see exactly what the author was going for but it's certainly something of a reach.
It goes: "Moyes won the Community Shield at Wembley in August – becoming the first Manchester United manager ever to win a trophy in his first season in charge, but left the club after just ten months."
So, yes, the natural acknowledge of the sacking but really, that stat? The Hammers were keen to herald Moyes for harvesting the Community Shield in 2013 with a 2-0 victory over freshly relegated Wigan Athletic.
Factually true, of course, but somewhat questionable and Twitter didn't throw an olive branch. Check out the reaction:
The reaction marries well to the general underwhelmed response of West Ham fans.
When they find their club stewing in the relegation zone, though, they can't set the expectations too high but simply have to hope they fare a little better than Sunderland.
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