David Moyes' side had an impressive campaign
Credit: GETTY IMAGES
David Moyes has signed a new three-year contract to remain manager of West Ham United and end any prospect of him returning to Everton.
As revealed by Telegraph Sport, Moyes put pen to paper on a new deal within the last 24 hours, two-and-a-half weeks after he led them to their second-best Premier League finish of sixth and qualification for Europe.
Moyes had been linked with a return to Everton, who he managed for 11 years, after Real Madrid reappointed Carlo Ancelotti as manager.
But he instead agreed to extend a contract that had 12 months remaining in what is his second spell in charge.
“I am delighted to have committed my future to West Ham United,” said Moyes.
“This is where I want to be and I’m happy. I’m excited to be given this opportunity to build on what we all have already achieved here. The owners and I are fully aligned with how we want to keep developing and improving the football club.
“The board and everyone at the club have been fantastic to work with, giving me great support and I feel that we are all united in what we want to achieve in the coming years and how we might be able to achieve those things.”
He added on whufc.com: “We have made tremendous progress in the past 15 months and that has been a collective effort from everyone at the club. The players really have been superb but the challenge is for our standards to continue developing. We must keep pushing boundaries for consistent improvement as we all aim to continue the growing of the club.
“I have said it many times before – West Ham United is a huge club, with a wonderful fanbase and stadium, and an enormous opportunity for further growth and success. I am really excited by the ambition that we have at the club and we are going to work as hard as we possibly can to keep moving forward and hopefully give our supporters many a great memory.”
Joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said: “This is fantastic news and we are delighted that David has committed his long-term future to the club, ensuring great stability going forward. His strong work ethic and determination to build success in the right way have proved a perfect fit for West Ham United, and we are all aligned with what needs to be done to keep progressing and improving. The experience of the past 12 months has created a fantastic unity throughout the club and we are very excited about what the future holds for our supporters.”
The club confirmed Alan Irvine – Moyes’ close friend and assistant – would remain in a technical advisory role as part of the plans for a new set-up, and said first-team coaches Paul Nevin, Stuart Pearce and Kevin Nolan, as well as goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero, were all set to continue as integral members of the Glaswegian’s backroom
The club will now begin a summer recruitment drive that could include making Jesse Lingard’s loan move from Manchester United a permanent one.