David Moyes departs West Ham United

David Moyes departs West Ham United

David Moyes departs West Ham United

And despite West Ham securing their top-flight status with two games to spare, the English outfit have opted against keeping on the former Manchester United and Everton coach for the long-term.

Moyes was only on a short-term deal at the Hammers after arriving in November and guiding them to safety after an intense relegation scrap.

"I would like to place on record my honest thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League", he said in a statement.

Moyes' assistants - Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay - have also departed with immediate effect.

Moyes had been expecting to hold talks with West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold to see about extending his stay at the club.

6 - this was Moyes' sixth job in management following earlier spells at Preston, Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland. They deserve great respect for the job they have done and they leave the Club with our best wishes. Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete, we feel that it is right to move in a different direction.

If the bookmakers are to be believed, we are likely to be seeing Manuel Pellegrini in the Premier League again next season, this time as West Ham manager.

West Ham said they hope to appoint a "high-calibre" successor within the next 10 days and have expressed an interest in Paulo Fonseca and Rafael Benítez, who might prove too expensive to prise away from Newcastle.

Sullivan reportedly interviewed Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca on Monday; the same day Moyes' contract with the Irons expired.

Former Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini is now top of the betting (see more details below), he is managing in China at the moment.

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