West Ham agree deal to replace David Moyes at end of season

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West Ham have agreed a deal in principle with Julen Lopetegui to take over from David Moyes as manager at the end of the season, Sky Sports News understands.

West Ham have agreed a deal in principle with Julen Lopetegui to take over from David Moyes as manager.

Lopetegui, 57, has been out of work since leaving Wolves three days before the start of the season but has stayed in England in hopes of landing another job in the Premier League.

The Spaniard, who has also managed Porto, Spain, Real Madrid and Sevilla during an illustrious coaching career, looks set to take charge at the London Stadium at the end of the season after Moyes’ expected departure.

West Ham are ninth in the league after Sunday’s 5-0 defeat at Chelsea.

The Scot, who is out of contact in the summer, has faced increased questions about his future as West Ham have only won one of their previous nine league games.

Moyes said he felt “really sorry” for West Ham fans after watching his side fall to a heavy loss at Stamford Bridge.

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He said: “The fans have been great but I feel bad for them.

“I don’t normally have teams who get beaten like this but we are lacking some ingredients – mental toughness and leadership to get better results, or at least not get hammered.

“The fans played their part and I can only say I’m really sorry for how it played out.”

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