West Ham flirted with Premier League relegation last season as they prioritised their successful Europa Conference League campaign, and the Hammers will be aiming for an improved domestic showing during 2023/24.
Stadium: London Stadium
Manager: David Moyes
Captain: Kurt Zouma
Top league scorer last season: Saïd Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen - 6
Last season’s position: 14th
The 2022/23 season will go down as one of the best in West Ham's history, as they ended the campaign by winning the Europa Conference League - their first major trophy for 43 years and first European title since 1965.
The celebrations after that 2-1 success over Fiorentina in Prague will live long in the memory, but it is easy to forget that the Hammers' European exploits came at a cost, as they spent much of the league season fighting against relegation.
After finishing sixth and seventh in the previous two campaigns, a relegation battle had been the last thing the Hammers supporters would have been expecting and the pressure was ramped up on boss David Moyes as a result.
Had it not been for their impressive run in Europe, Moyes may well have lost his job, although the Scot did pop up with some important victories at various stages of the season, including notable wins over relegation rivals Everton, Nottingham Forest and Southampton.
In the end, West Ham finished 14th in the standings, a relatively comfortable six points clear of the relegation zone, but Moyes and Co will be determined to ensure there is a much greater distance between themselves and the bottom three this time around.
There is no doubting West Ham's Premier League form suffered last season as a result of their exploits in Europe and the main objective for 2023/24 will be to enjoy an improved domestic campaign.
However, the Hammers will have to achieve that without influential captain Declan Rice, who was sold to Arsenal for a fee that could reportedly rise to £105million with add-ons.
David Moyes wrote his name into club folklore with last season's Europa Conference League success, as he became the first Hammers manager since John Lyall in 1980 to lead the team to a major piece of silverware.
Last season's Conference League victory helped ensure Moyes has remained at the helm for the 2023/24 campaign, with the experienced Glaswegian having now taken charge of over 650 matches in the Premier League.
Filling the void left by Rice's departure will be a tough ask for West Ham, but with the England midfielder having moved on to pastures new, it will be up to players such as winger Jarrod Bowen to step up to the plate.
|2022/23||14th (Premier League)|
|2021/22||7th (Premier League)|
|2020/21||6th (Premier League)|
|2019/20||16th (Premier League)|
|2018/19||10th (Premier League)|
Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change.