West Ham have parted ways with David Moyes after the former Manchester United boss guided the club to a 13th place finish in the Premier League.
Moyes took over from Slaven Bilic in November and at the time, the club was languishing in the relegation zone.
Moyes was only on a short-term six-month deal but it was understood that his contract would be extended if he managed to keep the Hammers safe.
However, West Ham officials have opted against continuing with Moyes and instead, will search for a new manager to take the club forward.
David Sullivan, the club’s joint-chairman said that they will have an announcement on the new manager within 10 days.
Joint-Chairman David Sullivan said: “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.
“Throughout his time here, David has carried himself with dignity and honesty and we have all found him to be a pleasure to work with. He, Alan, Stuart and Billy accepted the challenge and attacked it head on, turning around a difficult situation. They deserve great respect for the job they have done and they leave the Club with our best wishes.
“When David and his team arrived, it was the wish of both parties that the focus be only on the six months until the end of the season, at which point a decision would be made with regards to the future. 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.
“We are already taking steps to identify and recruit the manager we believe can take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions. We aim to appoint a high-calibre figure who we feel will lead the Club into an exciting future for our loyal supporters within the next ten days.”
Those who are linked with the position are Rafa Benitez and Manuel Pellegrini.
It’s been a tough day for Premier League managers after Sam Allardyce was also relieved of his duties at Everton this morning.