Former West Ham manager David Moyes has expressed his pleasure in taking over the Hammers reins for a second time.
The East Londoners have appointed the ex-Everton man on an 18-month contract replacing sacked Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini, and the Scot was all but in high moods.
“It’s fabulous to be back. It feels great to be home. I have 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 cannot wait to get started,” he told the club’s official website.
The 55-year old guided the Hammers to safety in his first spell at the club, though as interim manager during the 2017-2018 season, but the club’s hierarchy decided not to offer him a new contract and instead appointed Pellegrini.
Moyes however feels the manpower at his disposal is way above that he had during his first spell, alluding to eminent resurgence.
“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. 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.”
Joint club chairman David Sullivan was full of praise for the former Manchester United tactician, nostalgic about the memories from Moyes’ first stint at the club.
“David proved in his short time with the Club that he was capable of getting results and we believe that he will start moving the Club in the right direction once again. We are delighted to welcome David back – he knows the Club well and he built strong relationships during that time which will be crucial for the work that needs to be done going forward.”
Moyes has managed in the Premier League for 15 seasons, including a successful spell at Everton which earned him a move to Manchester United.
His first assignment is on New Year’s Day against AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium.