However, he has been given an 18-month deal at the London Stadium heading into 2020, after Pellegrini was relieved of his duties following a 2-0 defeat to Leicester.
We are pleased to confirm that David Moyes has returned to the Club as first-team manager. pic.twitter.com/Y2fxo5hTCE
— West Ham United (@WestHam) December 29, 2019
‘It’s fabulous to be back,’ said Moyes. ‘It feels great to be home. I’ve missed being here because I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed being around the stadium and I loved being in this part of the world and I missed the Club, so I can’t wait to get started.
‘I’m feeling very proud that I’m back here at West Ham. But I think more importantly I’ll be looking to see what I can do and what I can make improvements to, how we can get some wins with the players and how we can get some quick wins on the field as well.
‘I do believe that the squad of players I’ve got here is a better squad of players than when I took over before, so I am looking forward to working with them.
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‘I think there’s got to be a short-term goal for us just now to get the wins to get us away from the wrong end of the league and what we’re going to do over the next six months, then what we’re going to do over the next period as well. The start is really focusing on the immediate games.’
Joint-chairman David Sullivan added: ‘David proved in his short time with the Club that he was capable of getting results and we believe that he will start moving the Club in the right direction once again.
‘We are delighted to welcome David back – he knows the Club well and he built strong relationships during that time which will be crucial for the work that needs to be done going forward.’
Moyes’ first game will be against AFC Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.
West Ham are currently 17th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone although they do have a game in hand.