West Ham have confirmed that David Moyes has left his post as manager, with a permanent replacement promised “within the next ten days”.
Moyes guided the Hammers to survival in the Premier League after being appointed with the club 18th in November.
The Scot arrived on a short-term deal however, and was said to be ‘unhappy’ with how the club had conducted themselves upon the end of the season.
Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca was pictured travelling to the home of the club’s co-owner David Sullivan on Monday to hold talks over the post.
He is now the favourite to replace Moyes in the long-term, with West Ham promising a quick appointment.
“I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to David Moyes and his staff for achieving the target of keeping West Ham United in the Premier League,” Sullivan told the club’s official website.
“Throughout his time here, David has carried himself with dignity and honesty and we have all found him to be a pleasure to work with. He, Alan, Stuart and Billy accepted the challenge and attacked it head on, turning around a difficult situation. They deserve great respect for the job they have done and they leave the Club with our best wishes.
“When David and his team arrived, it was the wish of both parties that the focus be only on the six months until the end of the season, at which point a decision would be made with regards to the future. Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete, we feel that it is right to move in a different direction.
“We are already taking steps to identify and recruit the manager we believe can take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions. We aim to appoint a high-calibre figure who we feel will lead the Club into an exciting future for our loyal supporters within the next ten days.”