When West Ham appointed David Moyes to preserve their Premier League status they were doing so for the second time in three seasons. In December he succeeded the sacked Manuel Pellegrini, appointed in the summer of 2018 after Moyes had first led them to safety, following the departure of Slaven Bilic.
If several teams remain at risk of relegation, theirs is perhaps the most talented squad. The club’s hierarchy remain desperate to remain in the Premier League, in the same way that Moyes has sought a permanent position in Europe’s leading league. “I do believe that the squad of players I’ve got here is a better squad of players than when I took over before, so I am looking forward to working with them,” he said when he was appointed. Their results are yet to significantly improve, but if Moyes can again inspire West Ham to safety he will have a promising squad, and they will have a manager who at Everton once created such stability – something they have long lacked.