Sunderland caretaker manager Billy McKinlay joins West Ham

Watford Head Coach Billy McKinlay watches his team during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion at Vicarage Road on October 4, 2014 in Watford, England.

Sunderland caretaker manager Billy McKinlay joins David Moyes at West Ham.

Billy McKinlay coach of Real Sociedad  at the Pre Season Friendly between Celtic and Real Sociedad at St Mirren Park on July 10th, 2015 in Paisley, Scotland.

The chaos at Sunderland deepens as caretaker manager Billy McKinlay quits the club to join David Moyes at West Ham United.

The Black Cats have made a poor start to their 2017-18 campaign, and find themselves rock bottom in the Championship table with just 10 points on board from 16 games.

Billy McKinlay was handed the first team charge alongside Robbie Stockdale after Simon Grayson's departure. However, as it stands, he will link up with David Moyes as part of his backroom staff at the London stadium.

Watford Head Coach Billy McKinlay watches his team during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion at Vicarage Road on October 4, 2014 in Watford, England.

The former Watford manager joined Sunderland under Moyes as his chief scout. He also served as Moyes’ assistant coach during his spell at Real Sociedad.

His departure is a huge blow to the Championship club who are without a permanent manager for almost two weeks now.

According to reports from the Sunderland Echo, Stockdale will take care of the Sunderland training ahead of their game against Millwall on Saturday.

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on May 16, 2017 in London, England.

"Sunderland AFC can confirm that Billy McKinlay has taken up a coaching role with West Ham United,” the club have confirmed with an official statement.

"The club would like to thank Billy for his efforts during his time on Wearside. Robbie Stockdale will continue as the club’s caretaker manager when the squad returns to training on Monday.”

Moyes has replaced Slaven Bilic as West Ham’s new manager, and he didn’t waste time to bring in assistant coaches of his choice.

The former Manchester United manager has confirmed the appointment of Alan Irvine and Stuart Pearce as his assistants at West Ham United.

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