Moyes leaves West Ham after keeping team in Premier League

Moyes leaves West Ham after keeping team in Premier League
FILE - In this Saturday, March 29, 2014 file photo, Manchester United's manager David Moyes applauds supporters after his team's 4-1 win against Aston Villa in their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England. Moyes on Tuesday Nov. 17, Moyes was hired as manager of Premier League club West Ham and guided them out of relegation, but it wasn't enough for the team to keep him on. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

LONDON (AP) — Keeping West Ham in the Premier League wasn't enough to earn David Moyes a new deal at the London club.

West Ham announced the departure of Moyes on Wednesday and said a new manager would be hired "within the next 10 days."

Moyes arrived in November on a contract until the end of the season, and guided West Ham out of the relegation zone to a 13th-place finish on Sunday.

Now the club is looking for a "high-caliber figure" to "take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions."

"Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete," West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan said, "we feel that it is right to move in a different direction."

Moyes has at least rebuilt a coaching reputation that was tarnished by unsuccessful spells in charge of Manchester United, Real Socieded and Sunderland since leaving Everton in 2013.

The Scottish coach restored a work ethic that had been lacking at West Ham, including getting the best out of Marko Arnautovic by reinventing him as a lone striker. He also dealt impressively with off-the-field issues that struck West Ham, particularly when supporters repeatedly ran onto the field during a home loss to Burnley.

"Throughout his time here, David has carried himself with dignity and honesty," Sullivan said, "and we have all found him to be a pleasure to work with."

Moyes' assistants — Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay — have also departed with immediate effect.

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca has reportedly held talks with West Ham this week.

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