November 6, 2017 / 5:26 AM / 13 days ago

Moyes interested in West Ham job as Bilic faces exit

(Reuters) - David Moyes is interested in becoming the next West Ham United manager, with the future of the current boss Slaven Bilic hanging in the balance after the club’s disappointing start to the Premier League season.

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Liverpool - London Stadium, London, Britain - November 4, 2017 West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

According to media reports, West Ham are set to part company with Bilic on Monday and are expected to replace the Croat with Moyes on an initial contract until the end of the season.

Moyes, who has been out of work since resigning from Sunderland in May after their top-flight relegation, denied there had been contact, but made it clear he wanted to return to club management.

“I’ve always said I want to go back into club management. If the right opportunity comes around, I’ll be interested,” the 54-year-old Scot told Bein Sports.

Soccer Football - Championship - Preston North End vs Aston Villa - Deepdale, Preston, Britain - November 1, 2017 Former Preston North End manager David Moyes Action Images/Jason Cairnduff

When asked if he could take the West Ham job, Moyes replied: “I am interested but at the moment that vacancy has not become available.”

The former Everton manager’s stock has fallen considerably in recent years, following an unsuccessful spell at Spanish side Real Sociedad and an ill-fated spell as Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United in 2013-14.

“I’ve been there myself what Slaven is going through at the moment and he must be hating it and wanting to get a result as quickly as he can,” he added.

Bilic’s West Ham have won just two league games this season and have lost three of last four matches at the London Stadium.

Their 4-1 defeat by Liverpool on Saturday left them 18th and in the relegation zone with nine points from 11 games.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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