Hammers to move in new direction

West Ham United have decided not to hand David Moyes a new contract and the former Everton and Manchester United boss has left the club.

The 55-year-old replaced Slaven Bilic as Hammers boss in November and managed to steer the club to a mid-table finish after they had flirted with relegation for much of the campaign.

They eventually finished 13th, nine points clear of the bottom three, after winning two and drawing one of their last three matches.

There were some very low points during the campaign including a 3-0 home loss to Burnley in March and a 4-1 capitulation to Manchester City just over a fortnight ago.

However, there were some highlights as well including a 4-1 victory at Huddersfield Town and 3-0 home triumph against Southampton.

Moyes' assistants Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay have also left the club with immediate effect.

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.

"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 10 days."

West Ham are 6/1 to be relegated next season, while Huddersfield are 6/5 to go down and Cardiff City 4/5.

Gold hopes Moyes will stay

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has indicated that he would be happy for David Moyes to sign a new one-year contract with the club.

The former Preston, Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland boss was appointed on a short-term deal in November after the Hammers had parted company with Slaven Bilic.

Moyes guided West Ham away from the relegation zone but his contract expired on Sunday after his side had beaten Everton on the final day of the Premier League campaign.

The Hammers have been linked with Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca but Gold has handed his backing to Moyes.

He said: "I've enjoyed David Moyes. I've enjoyed his company, I've enjoyed working with him. He's a proper professional – his record speaks for himself.

"As we speak David Moyes is on the list of managers and we'll be selecting one in due course. I'd like to think it was David Moyes, I really hope so.

"We were disappointed at our performance right the way through the year. We changed our manager which is always a difficult time for us.

"But if you look at the injury list right the way through the season, there was a time just before Christmas we had 12 senior players injured, unavailable for selection. No team can suffer that kind of situation."

West Ham are 6/1 to be relegated next season, while Huddersfield Town are 6/5 to go down, Wolves 5/1 and Southampton 7/1.

Arnautovic key to Hammers survival

David Moyes believes the contribution of Marko Arnautovic has been pivotal in ensuring West Ham's survival in the Premier League this season.

Moyes chose to deploy the Austrian international in a centre-forward role when he replaced Slaven Bilic in November and was rewarded by seeing him score ten times.

The 29-year-old was signed from Stoke City last summer in a big-money move and had predominantly been playing out wide in the early part of his Hammers career.

"He's been a sensation up front, he's been playing as well as most strikers," said Moyes.

"Maybe he wasn't doing as much and not tracking back on the wing. Him going up front made a big difference."

Arnautovic is not noted as the hardest-working of professionals, but his mercurial skills are often game-changing when he is on song.

Moyes insists that his teammates were fully behind him, and willing to credit him with their survival.

"The team think Marko has been the outstanding factor," added Moyes. "He's a big threat to whatever centre-half he is up against.

"Whoever he's up against he looks as if he can beat them, outrun them, he is stronger than them.

"At Stoke his technical abilities weren't in question. His attitude and commitment, at times you would look and think 'is he really interested?'

"But he looks a different man up front, it's given him a bit of freedom, maybe not the responsibility of playing wide.

"It's made a big difference to the team."

West Ham are 11/8 to win their final league game of the season on Sunday at home to Everton. Arnautovic can be backed at 9/2 to score the opening goal.

The Toffees are 11/5 to end their season with a win.

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Moyes set for Hammers talks

David Moyes has confirmed that he will hold talks with West Ham's owners about his future at the club beyond the end of the season.

The 55-year-old was brought in as manager last November to succeed the sacked Slaven Bilic with the Hammers struggling in the Premier League's relegation places.

Moyes' remit was to ensure that West Ham remained in the top flight this season and the Scot achieved that aim courtesy of Saturday's 2-0 win at Leicester.

The Hammers followed that result up with a point in a goalless draw against Moyes' former club Manchester United at the London Stadium on Thursday.

They have Sunday's final game of the season to negotiate when another of Moyes' former clubs, Everton, are the visitors and a decision will then be made given that his current deal is due to expire next month.

"West Ham are a big club, there's a lot of expectation, they want to improve every year. They don't want to be a club flirting with relegation, and that's understandable," Moyes told Sky Sports.

"We'll have a chat next week and we'll see [whether I stay].

"It's a big achievement for us. It's been a tough job but a really good job, I've really enjoyed it and the players have worked hard when we came in, we had to get them in order a little bit and get them playing a bit better, and I think we've done that."

West Ham are 13/10 to win their final game on Sunday, while Everton are available at 23/10 to leave the London Stadium with three points and the draw is priced at 5/2.

Noble calls for big changes

West Ham United captain Mark Noble accepts that there need to be changes at the club this summer following a desperately disappointing campaign.

The Hammers had been expected to challenge for a top-half finish in 2017/18 after signing the likes of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic last summer but they have struggled to find any sort of consistency.

They parted company with Slaven Bilic and replaced the Croatian with David Moyes after a poor start to the season and only confirmed they will be a Premier League side next term on Saturday when they won 2-0 at Leicester City.

Noble, who scored West Ham's second goal against the Foxes, said: "There needs to be a lot of change. I would not say no to that, on and off the pitch. A lot of stuff needs to change. I am really hoping, and I am convinced it will during the summer.

"If fans are coming to games and are not happy and we go 1-0 down then we feel that. There is no point lying.

"We need to win games and we have not won enough this season. That is why we are where we are. It's been really tough, I certainly don't want another one like this."

West Ham end their campaign with home games against Manchester United and Everton. Moyes' side are 15/4 to beat United and 14/1 to win the game 2-1 with Noble available at 11/2 to score at any time in the match.

Moyes happy to move on

David Moyes has confirmed that Andy Carroll will be in the West Ham squad for Saturday's crunch Premier League clash at Leicester City.

The striker was unhappy at only being on the substitutes bench for last weekend's 4-1 home loss to champions Manchester City and was later fined for leaving the bench early.

It had been thought that the former Newcastle United and Liverpool forward would not be involved against the Foxes, but Moyes insists the matter is over.

The Scot said: "We've fined him, he has apologised to both the players and myself, so we've moved on and we’'e quite happy now that it's done and dusted.

"Andy was in the squad last weekend, that's why he was on the bench, and he'll be in the squad this weekend too. It's certainly resolved as far as I'm concerned."

Meanwhile, Moyes has revealed that Pedro Obiang and James Collins will miss the game as they continue to battle back from their injuries. Obiang has not played since January because of a knee injury, while Collins has been sidelined with a hamstring problem since mid-March.

The Hammers boss added: "Neither of them are in a condition to do that (be named in the matchday squad at Leicester) yet. Thankfully both of them are back doing some training, but neither of them are at a level of being match-fit."

Winston Reid (knee), Sam Byram (ankle) and Michail Antonio (hamstring) remain on the long-term injury list.

West Ham are only three points above the drop-zone and are 14/1 to be relegated this season, while they can be backed at 23/10 to beat a Leicester side that slumped to a 5-0 defeat at Crystal Palace last weekend. Carroll is available at 21/10 to score at any time against Claude Puel's team.

Moyes waits on keeper options

West Ham boss David Moyes will wait until the end of the season before making a decision about the goalkeeping situation at the club.

Spaniard Adrian has made 15 Premier League starts so far this season and Manchester City loanee Joe Hart 19, with the former set to feature this weekend as Hart cannot feature against his parent club.

And Moyes is hoping to see Adrian do well, while also confirming that nothing will be sorted until the Hammers are assured of being in the top-flight again next season.

He said: "I hope he (Adrian) plays that well against Manchester City that he's available to play the next one, that's the plan.

"You can't play a Manchester United or City and do well without your keeper playing well, so we need a big game from Adrian on Sunday.

"There's certainly no talk on whether it will be Adrian or Joe Hart (as future No.1) until we're in a position of safety, or wherever we're going to be.

"So no, we've not discussed anything to be honest."

West Ham are priced at 9/1 to keep a clean sheet at the London Stadium on Sunday, with a 1-1 draw available at 11/1 and a 1-0 win for the hosts 28/1.

Meanwhile, Moyes has played down suggestions that City might not be fully focused as they have already wrapped up the title.

He added: "I don't know if there is any good time to play Manchester City, the form they are in, the players they have got available and the quality of those players.

"But we will do everything we can to give them a game, to make it as tough as we can. The objective is to try and take all three points."

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Arnautovic backed to shine

West Ham United boss David Moyes hopes Marko Arnautovic can produce another match-winning display against Stoke City on Monday.

The 28-year-old Austrian moved from the Potters to West Ham last summer and has shown flashes of his potential at times this season.

He struggled during the first few months of the campaign but improved once Moyes had replaced Slaven Bilic as Hammers boss, with one of his best displays coming in the 3-0 win at the us Stadium in December.

Arnautovic has scored nine goal in his last 14 appearances and was at his imperious best again recently when West Ham beat Southampton, who are now managed by his former Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

"Players like Marko need a little bit of leg room, maybe more than others, and I think we gave Marko his leg room but I want to make sure he knows he has got to do the job here," Moyes said.

"I don't think he will (slack off) now, because he knows what got the crowd from booing him to cheering him every week and becoming one of their heroes."

West Ham can be backed at 1/1 to beat Stoke City while Arnautovic is 13/10 to score at any time against his former team, who are 1/8 to be relegated this term.

Moyes targets two more wins

West Ham manager David Moyes thinks his side need two more wins to be absolutely certain of ensuring Premier League survival this season.

The Hammers are six points clear of the drop zone heading into the weekend action, but they can only watch on with interest until they play host to Stoke City on Monday evening, with the Potters currently occupying one of the relegation places.

However, Moyes is upbeat for the challenge ahead having seen his side defeat Southampton 3-0 and draw 1-1 at Chelsea in their last two games.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "We want to get ten wins. We've got eight, so we need two more. The magic number is 40 points.

"We don't have enough yet, but the performances we've put in the last two games have given everyone a real lift.

"If we can keep the form going, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't aim to go unbeaten until the end of the season. That should get us enough points to stay up."

The Irons are 1/1 to defeat Stoke on Monday, with the draw priced at 13/5 and a 2-0 win for the hosts available at 17/2.

Moyes hopes to have several key players back in contention for the game on Monday, with defender James Collins, playmaker Manuel Lanzini and striker Andy Carroll all potentially in contention.

He added: "Andy's in training. He's not played for 11 weeks, so we'll monitor him and see how he is. Getting Andy back will be a big plus for us, because we all know what he can do. Is he going to be ready? I'm not sure.

"Manu and James have both done some training. I'm hoping there is a good chance they will be involved on Monday."

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Moyes hails in-form Arnautovic

Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic is showing himself to be worth his £20million transfer fee, that is the view of West Ham manager David Moyes.

The 28-year-old scored twice as the Hammers secured a much-needed 3-0 Premier League win at home to fellow strugglers Southampton, with the victory moving the Londoners up to 14th place in the table and five points clear of the drop zone.

And Moyes was in no doubt as to who was the star of the show, with Arnautovic having taken his goal tally for the season into double figures.

"We think Marko is doing a terrific job," Moyes told reporters. "He's been great since he went up front.

"He missed a big chance before his first goal or he could easily have had a hat-trick, but that's Marko and he's capable of doing it and he's making a big difference. I thought his performance was great.

"I'm enjoying working with him because he is scoring goals and playing well and he's also shown the West Ham supporters and the club why they paid £20million for him from Stoke in the summer."

Meanwhile, Moyes was delighted to see his side put in a strong display in a game which he felt would have a big impact on the way the battle for survival pans out in the coming weeks.

He added: "It was a really big game for us, if we'd lost we could have slipped further down. We won't get carried away, but we've not dropped into the bottom three."

West Ham are now 10/1 to be relegated this season, with Southampton priced at 7/1 and Swansea City available at 6/1.

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