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Moyes will keep Hammers up, maintains Baggies chief Bilic

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Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic

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Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic has backed David Moyes to guide West Ham away from relegation trouble again.

The Hammers' dismal season plumbed new depths as former boss Bilic returned to the London Stadium with a second-string West Brom side and knocked them out of the FA Cup.

Moyes had picked virtually his strongest available team but they had no answer to Conor Townsend's ninth-minute strike, even though West Brom played the final 20 minutes with 10 men after defender Semi Ajayi was sent off.

Two years ago, Moyes replaced Bilic as West Ham manager and led them to survival, but the Scot has inherited arguably an even worse situation in his second spell in charge following Manuel Pellegrini's sacking last month.

But Bilic insisted: "David can do it. The players have to do it. They have done it before and they have to do it now.

"Now what is very important is the crowd recognise the situation, be behind the team and be behind the club."

Moyes said: "I came with the same problem last time, we were in a difficult position and it has not changed."

Belfast Telegraph