After a disastrous start to the 2017-18 season, it was only a matter of time before the calls for the head of manager Slaven Bilic were heeded. It should be no surprise that the club ended his contract yesterday. What may have raised a few eyebrows with Hammers faithful was that the board chose David Moyes to replace him. Moyes resigned from his previous post as Sunderland boss last season after the Black Cats were relegated to the Championship.

Moyes' record

After 11 years at Everton where the team, despite not winning anything, were regularly praised for their style of football, Moyes was hailed as 'The Chosen One' to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson when the Scot finally drew the curtain on an illustrious career at Manchester United.

Ferguson's shoes were never going to be easy to fill and football is a notoriously unforgiving business. Despite 11 years at Everton where he had the full backing of fans and the board and achieved some good finishes in the Premier League, and FA Cup Final and UEFA Cup run, Moyes found the demands of the transition hard. After so many years of success under Ferguson, the board could not cope with the lack of achievement under Moyes and he was sacked after 10 months.

He had a brief spell in La Liga with Real Sociedad and enjoyed some impressive results in 2014-15 but sadly he was dismissed after exactly one year after a dismal start to the 2015-16 campaign.

July 2016 saw his return to the Premier League as boss of Sunderland, replacing Sam Allardyce.

Sadly again, he was in trouble with a struggling team and resigned from his post when they were relegated.

What Moyes will bring

Despite the last five years, where he has failed to shine, there is no doubt that Moyes is a good football manager. He has a knack for spotting young talent and buying well in transfer windows. He is methodical and known to be a strict disciplinarian.His approach is very hands-on and he enjoys taking training sessions himself.He is also renowned as an excellent tactician.

Accompanying him to the Hammers will be his former Everton assistant Alan Irvine and he will be reunited with former goalkeeping coach Chris Woods who is already at the club.

What's expected

Moyes has signed a two and a half year contract at The Hammers but that can be broken by either party if he fails to keep the club in the top flight this season.

He will need to move fast because after the enforced break for internationals this weekend they face an in-form Watford then Leicester, and Everton followed by a succession of tough games against Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal. If things don't go his way quickly, Moyes could find himself in a very difficult situation come 2018.