David Moyes has been named as struggling West Ham’s new manager.
The Premier League club have announced the 54-year-old former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland manager as successor to Slaven Bilic who was sacked on Monday.
Bilic had been expected to see out the season with the Hammers but he was dismissed by joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold in the wake of the 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool on Saturday.
Moyes has been out of management since he resigned from Sunderland at the end of last season, having failed to save them from relegation.
His appointment has been met with scepticism by some Hammers fans following his disappointing spells with United and the Black Cats, as well as an underwhelming stint in Spain with Real Sociedad.
Nevertheless, Sullivan and Gold are backing Moyes to help shore up a leaky defence as well as getting the best out of big-money summer signings Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez.
Club-record capture Arnautovic has been such a disappointment he was booed off during the recent home defeat by Brighton.
Despite the poor start to the season, Sullivan and Gold wanted Bilic to see out the three-year contract he signed in June 2015.
But the manner of their capitulation on Saturday evening prompted them to dispense with the Croatian’s services, which they say they did with “heavy hearts”.
Less than 24 later Moyes was meeting his new players for the first time at the club’s Rush Green training ground. His first game in charge will be at Watford a week on Sunday.