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David Moyes 'interested' in West Ham job as Slaven Bilic faces exit

Moyes 'interested' in West Ham job as Bilic faces exit
By Ben Snowball via Reuters

06/11/2017 at 09:14Updated 06/11/2017 at 11:03

David Moyes says he is "interested" in becoming the next West Ham United manager, with the future of the current boss Slaven Bilic hanging in the balance after the club's disappointing start to the Premier League season.

According to media reports, West Ham are set to part company with Bilic on Monday and are expected to replace the Croat with Moyes on an initial contract until the end of the season.

Moyes, who has been out of work since resigning from Sunderland in May after their top-flight relegation, denied there had been contact, but made it clear he wanted to return to club management.

"I've always said I want to go back into club management. If the right opportunity comes around, I'll be interested," the 54-year-old Scot told Bein Sports.

When asked if he could take the West Ham job, Moyes replied:

"I am interested but at the moment that vacancy has not become available."

The former Everton manager's stock has fallen considerably in recent years, following an ill-fated spell as Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United in 2013-14 and an unsuccessful spell at Spanish side Real Sociedad.

"I've been there myself what Slaven is going through at the moment and he must be hating it and wanting to get a result as quickly as he can," he added.

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Bilic's West Ham have won just two league games this season and have lost three of last four matches at the London Stadium.

Their 4-1 defeat by Liverpool on Saturday left them 18th and in the relegation zone with nine points from 11 games.

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Another classic example of a manager pretending to sympathise with a counterpart, only to sneakily twist the knife in. This is savage stuff from Moyes – particularly given he’s been in the same situation as Bilic and afforded far longer to turn it around.

It’s desperate stuff, too. Why would West Ham gamble on a manager who has failed his last three assignments – unravelling Ferguson’s dynasty, embarrassing himself in Spain with Real Sociedad and guiding Sunderland to their first relegation in 10 years?

Bilic has never recovered from the Dimitri Payet saga, with the Hammers in desperate need of freshening up. But after the post-Upton Park fiasco, the least their supporters deserve is a manager who inspires them. Is that Moyes? Behave.