David Moyes ‘in talks’ with West Ham over management return

Former Sunderland manager David Moyes.
Former Sunderland manager David Moyes.
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David Moyes says he would be interested in becoming West Ham manager, with the future of current boss Slaven Bilic set to be decided today.

Reports claim the Hammers have already held talks with former Sunderland manager Moyes.

Speaking to Bein Sports, the Scot denied there had been contact, but said he wanted to return to club management.

West Ham are one point above the Premier League relegation zone after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Liverpool.

Moyes said: “I’ve always said I want to go back into club management. If the right opportunity comes around, I’ll be interested.”

Asked about West Ham, the 54-year-old said: “I am interested but at the moment that vacancy has not become available. I know what Slaven must be going through.”

Bilic acknowledged after the game that he was under “big pressure” and in a “very difficult” situation.

The Hammers’ hierarchy wanted the man they appointed in June 2015 to stay until the end of the season and see out his three-year contract.

But the manner of Saturday’s latest capitulation at the London Stadium, coming just a fortnight after an equally desperate 3-0 home loss to newly-promoted Brighton, has forced the board to consider drastic action.

Moyes has been out of work since leaving Sunderland in the summer, having taken the club down.

Moyes has also been linked with the vacant Scotland job, but is believed to prefer a return to club management.

Hammers defender Aaron Cresswell admitted the players had let their manager down.

Cresswell said: “Every player knows we’ve not been good enough, both individually and as a team.

“We’re at the bottom end of the table and it’s not easy. It doesn’t matter what you’ve got on paper, it’s about form and results.”

The writing was on the wall for Bilic after Liverpool scored twice in the space of three first-half minutes, and the first goal summed up the shambles that has been West Ham’s season so far.

From a West Ham corner, Mohamed Salah clipped the ball to Sadio Mane and the duo were allowed to run the length of the field unchallenged.

With the lone figure of Cresswell manning the fort, Mane fed Salah for a simple finish beyond Joe Hart.

Joel Matip added a quickfire second, this time from a Liverpool corner, and West Ham left the field at half-time to the familiar backdrop of boos from the home fans.

Manuel Lanzini pulled one back but any hopes of a comeback lasted just 55 seconds before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored the two-goal advantage, and Salah wrapped up the scoring with a classy strike.