Keeping West Ham in the Premier League wasn't enough to earn David Moyes a new deal at the London club. West Ham announced the departure of Moyes on Wednesday and said a new manager would be hired "within the next 10 days."
Moyes arrived in November on a contract until the end of the season, and guided West Ham out of the relegation zone to a 13th-place finish on Sunday. On Wednesday, Premier League club Everton had also parted ways with manager Sam Allardyce which now sees two EPL clubs on the search for new coaches.
Now the club is looking for a "high-caliber figure" to "take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions."
"Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete," West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan said, "we feel that it is right to move in a different direction."
"I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League." - Joint-Chairman David Sullivanhttps://t.co/GOROcGkLyn— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 16, 2018
Moyes has at least rebuilt a coaching reputation that was tarnished by unsuccessful spells in charge of Manchester United, Real Socieded and Sunderland since leaving Everton in 2013.
The Scottish coach restored a work ethic that had been lacking at West Ham, including getting the best out of Marko Arnautovic by reinventing him as a lone striker. He also dealt impressively with off-the-field issues that struck West Ham, particularly when supporters repeatedly ran onto the field during a home loss to Burnley.
"Throughout his time here, David has carried himself with dignity and honesty," Sullivan said, "and we have all found him to be a pleasure to work with."
Moyes' assistants — Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay — have also departed with immediate effect.
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca has reportedly held talks with West Ham this week.