David Moyes parted ways with West Ham after becoming frustrated with the way his situation was handled by the club.
Moyes spoke with co-chairman David Sullivan on Wednesday morning and the Scottish manager, who led the Hammers to Premier League safety, was understood to have ruled himself out of a new deal.
On Monday, just hours after Moyes’ contract had expired, Sportsmail revealed co-chairman Sullivan had held a meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca at his Essex mansion.
David Moyes has left his position as manager of West Ham with immediate effect
Fellow co-owner David Gold then said on Tuesday he wants Moyes to stay but in a statement on Wednesday, Sullivan claimed the club had decided to ‘move in a different direction’.
West Ham’s backroom staff of Alan Irvine, Billy McKinlay and Stuart Pearce have also departed and the Hammers now want to name a ‘high-calibre figure’ within the next ten days.
Fonseca was a candidate but his lack of Premier League experience is a concern and he is in line to stay with Shakhtar. Manuel Pellegrini, Unai Emery, Marco Silva and Rafa Benitez remain on their shortlist.
Moyes, who inherits a survival bonus worth around £1.65million, told West Ham several times this season they had issues that needed addressing. The club’s ‘culture of leaks’ was among them, while he also had ideas of how to improve their Rush Green training ground.
Sources on Wednesday said Moyes could take time off following this experience and wait for an opportunity at another Premier League club, preferably one in the top eight.
West Ham confirmed Moyes’ exit at noon and Sullivan thanked the manager for his efforts following his arrival in November, when they sat in the relegation zone.
Moyes held talks with Hammers bosses after his contract expired but an agreement wasn’t met
MOYES’S HAMMERS RECORD
In all competitions
Win percentage: 29.03
Win percentage: 42.1
‘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,’ said Sullivan, 69.
‘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.’
The Scot achieved Premier League survival but a replacement is expected in the next 10 days