David Moyes has spoken of his delight after being reappointed as the new manager of West Ham, admitting it is ‘great to be home’ following his return to the London Stadium.
West Ham confirmed the appointment of Moyes as their new manager on an 18-month contract on Sunday, the 56-year-old returning to the club after he was overlooked for the permanent position in favour of Manuel Pellegrini following a previous interim spell in charge.
The former Everton and Manchester United boss will take charge of the struggling side for the first time when they host Bournemouth on New Years Day, and admits he is relishing the prospect of reviving the club’s fortunes following a disappointing start to the season.
“It’s fabulous to be back. It feels great to be home,” Moyes told whufc.com. “I’ve missed being here because I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed being around the stadium and I loved being in this part of the world and I missed the Club, so I can’t wait to get started.
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“I’m feeling very proud that I’m back here at West Ham. But I think more importantly I’ll be looking to see what I can do and what I can make improvements to, how we can get some wins with the players and how we can get some quick wins on the field as well.”
Moyes admits his first task will be moving the club away from danger, the Hammers currently just one point and one place above the Premier League‘s drop zone following their defeat to Leicester on Saturday.
The club have won just twice in their past 14 fixtures in all competitions, and Moyes’ challenge will be to move the club away from the relegation places in a similar fashion to the way he ensured the club’s survival after replacing Slaven Bilic two years ago.
“The job first and foremost is to make sure we get away from this position,” he said. “But I do believe that the squad of players I’ve got here is a better squad of players than when I took over before, so I am looking forward to working with them and I am looking forward to meeting them as I’ve not met them yet.
“I want to hear what they’ve got to say and I want to see what fits best for the Club, but ultimately I want to play good football, I want to play exciting football and I want to give everybody something to cheer about and shout about.”