West Ham turned down by three high-profile managers before Bilic sacking

Joey Barton of Burnley takes a look around the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park

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Alvaro Arbeloa tweeted "better late than never" as the news broke that the struggling London club had made a decision to part ways with the manager who guided them to a seventh-placed finish two seasons ago.

The Scot, former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad boss, is venturing back into management after being sacked by Sunderland at the end of last season.

The final nail in the West Ham coffin for Slaven Bilic was Saturday's 4-1 hammering at the London Stadium by Liverpool.

West Ham have appointed David Moyes as their new manager.

"I'm looking forward to seeing them getting right behind the team and my team also".

The 54-year-old Moyes has taken charge of 499 games in the Premier League, most during a successful spell with Everton from 2002-13.

Arguably their biggest worry is that Moyes has signed on until the end of the 2018/2019 season.

In the face of potential fan disgruntlement at his appointment, Moyes pointedly targeted supporters in a video message that presented him as West Ham manager. "We are all here to do the job and get West Ham in the correct position and move up the table".

"You were talking about his experience, that's what we need". We need everybody with us.

After Moyes emerged as the leading contender to replace Bilic, many West Ham fans regarded his proposed arrival at the London Stadium with scepticism.

"I would like to welcome David to West Ham United", he told the Hammers' official website.

Moyes' first game in charge will be at Watford in the Premier League on 19 November. The team has been prone to collapsing after going behind — it has already lost by at least a three-goal margin on four occasions this season — and lacked any real identity under Bilic.

He added: "We've done a contract which suits both parties, we are all comfortable with it. Let's get the job done and then talk at the end of the year".

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