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Soccer – Hammers seek swift appointment

West Ham United hope to have a new manager in place by the end of next week after deciding not to hand David Moyes a new contract. The 55-year-old former Everton and Manchester United boss replaced Slaven Bilic six months ago and managed to steer the club to 13th place in the Premier League table after they had flirted with relegation for much of the campaign. Moyes' assistants Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay have also left the club with immediate effect. Joint chairman David Sullivan said: "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 aim to appoint a high-calibre figure within the next 10 days." West Ham are 6/1 with bet365 to be relegated next season while Huddersfield Town are 6/5 to go down.

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