Breaking:- David Moyes has been appointed as West Ham manager and will return for a second spell

The 56-year-old Scot has signed an 18-month deal and will take charge of the New Year’s Day home game against Bournemouth at London Stadium.

He replaces Manuel Pellegrini, who was sacked after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by a much-changed Leicester side.

“I feel like I’ve got unfinished business,” said Moyes, who led the Hammers to Premier League safety in a seven-month spell from November 2017.

Moyes, who took over from Slaven Bilic two years ago, left at the end of the season as the east London club decided to “go in a new direction” with former Manchester City manager Pellegrini.

But the veteran Chilean boss, who led the Hammers to a 10th-place finish last season, was sacked following their fourth straight home defeat on Saturday.

It left them one place and one point above the relegation zone.

“I’m feeling very proud that I’m back here at West Ham, but more importantly I’ll be looking to see what I can do, what I can make improvements to and how we can get some wins with the players,” Moyes said.

“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.

“I think there’s got to be a short-term goal for us just now to get the wins to get us away from the wrong end of the league and what we’re going to do over the next six months, then what we’re going to do over the next period as well. The start is really focusing on the immediate games.”

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