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Will West Ham sack David Moyes? Next Hammers manager odds amid Premier League relegation battle

David Moyes will be relying on his enduring Premier League experience to keep West Ham in the top flight and retain his job at the London Stadium in 2023.

With managerial upheaval a near-constant presence in the majority of clubs in the Premier League’s bottom half this season, Moyes has survived a storm of pressure at the start of 2023, but his position remains uncertain.

Jesse Marsch joined the list of Premier League managerial casualties in February following Frank Lampard’s January exit from Everton, with both clubs flirting with relegation. Wolves, Aston Villa, Southampton and Bournemouth have also changed manager this season.

Moyes brought in £161m/$195m worth of new faces at the start of the campaign, followed by a move for Danny Ings in the winter transfer window, and the veteran coach will need to use all of his nous to keep his team away from the drop zone.

However, their heavy defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on March 4 was greeted by deep unhappiness from the travelling fans.

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Will West Ham sack David Moyes?

With the majority of teams in danger of Premier League relegation choosing to sack their managers either side of the World Cup break, it was natural that Moyes would eventually come into focus.

Nathan Jones, Marsch, Lampard, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Steven Gerrard, Bruno Lage and Scott Parker have all departed their roles, with Moyes grateful for the distraction of Qatar 2022 to allow for a reset at West Ham. Things have not gone well in recent weeks, though, and a 4-0 defeat at Brighton on March 4 led to great unrest among the Hammers fans.

However, one thing on Moyes’ side is his history in the top flight: he boasts more Premier League experience than the aforementioned six coaches combined, with only Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger managing more Premier League matches than the Scotsman.

His strong relationship with club owners David Sullivan and David Gold — with the latter sadly passing away at the start of 2023 — has also been also crucial, as the club favour stability over risk.

At present he is now the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked.

Next Premier League manager to leave

Odds as of March 5, 2023

Manager Club Odds
(Sky Bet — UK)
David Moyes West Ham 5/6
Graham Potter Chelsea 2/1
Brendan Rodgers Leicester 11/2
Gary O’Neil Bournemouth 10/1
Steve Cooper Nottingham Forest 16/1
Antonio Conte Tottenham 20/1
No manager to leave 20/1
Patrick Vieira Crystal Palace 20/1
Ruben Selles Southampton 33/1
Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 33/1

Next West Ham manager odds

Should West Ham decide to fire Moyes, the favourite to take over as their next permanent manager is former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Everton boss Rafael Benitez.

Also on the list of candidates are former Wolves and Tottenham coach Nuno Espirito Santo, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglu, and ex-PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Manager Club Odds
(Sky Bet — UK)
Rafael Benitez None 7/4
Nuno Espirito Santo Al-Ittihad 8/1
Ange Postecoglu Celtic 9/1
Mauricio Pochettino None 10/1
Marcelo Bielsa None 12/1
Steven Gerrard None 12/1
Graham Potter Chelsea 14/1
Mark Noble West Ham* 16/1
Michael Carrick Middlesbrough 16/1
Mark Warburton West Ham** 20/1

*Noble is West Ham’s sporting director

**Warburton is a first-team coach at West Ham

Has David Moyes ever been relegated from the Premier League?

A Premier League relegation battle is nothing new for Moyes, after spending years fighting for survival with Everton before turning the Toffees into challengers for Europe.

Despite his struggles at Manchester United, things never quite reached the ignominy of relegation fears at Old Trafford, and his 2016/17 move to Sunderland saw his first drop out of the Premier League.

After taking charge of West Ham for the first time in 2017, he guided the Hammers to 13th at the end of 2017/18 but left when his contract expired at the end of the campaign.

Since his return to the club in December 2019, Moyes has kept West Ham away from relegation danger, and guided them to the UEFA Europa League semifinals in 2022.

Moyes’ West Ham record and transfers

Despite West Ham’s status as a mid-table side, Moyes has enjoyed a strong record in recent seasons in comparison to their rivals, with a higher win percentage than his Everton tenure.

Here is Moyes’ record in charge of the Hammers since he replaced Manuel Pellegrini in December 2019.

Games Wins Draws Losses Win Percentage
158 70 30 58 44.3%

In terms of the transfer market, the 2022/23 season has been the biggest spending of Moyes’ time at West Ham — across both stints in charge — as he looked to build on their European adventure last season.

However, their status as a team competing in Europe has resulted in a mixed return in the transfer market with shrewd signings balanced against striker flops.

Homegrown star Declan Rice remains the key player in West Ham’s midfield with low-key deals including Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek proving to be value for money. However, the huge fee spent on striker Gianluca Scamacca has not paid off — the Italy international has scored only one league goal since October.

West Ham signings under David Moyes
Player Position Fee Transfer Date
Jordan Hugill FW £9m January 2018
Jarrod Bowen MF £18.9m January 2020
Darren Randolph GK £4.1m January 2020
Tomas Soucek MF £14.3m July 2020
Vladimir Coufal DF £5.3m October 2020
Said Benrahma MF £20.5m January 2021
Craig Dawson DF £2m June 2021
Kurt Zouma DF £26.4m August 2021
Nikola Vlasic MF £26.6m August 2021
Nayef Aguerd DF £31m June 2022
Alphonse Areola GK £8.25m June 2022
Gianluca Scamacca FW £31.9m July 2022
Flynn Downes MF £9.4m July 2022
Lucas Paqueta MF £38.1m August 2022
Maxwell Cornet MF £18.3m August 2022
Emerson Palmieri DF £13.6m August 2022
Thilo Kehrer DF £10.6m August 2022
Danny Ings FW £10.6m January 2023

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