West Ham will appoint a manager who is ranked 60 places higher than Sam Allardyce on one prominent world boss rating website if they finally hand Slaven Bilic a contract.
According to www.coachworldranking.com the former Hammers defender is the world’s 53rd most successful boss whilst Allardyce languishes back in 113th place.
And even the apparently highly rated Marcelo Bielsa can only make it into 108th place whilst the Hammers initial top choice David Moyes makes it onto the list at 117th.
Among the other names reportedly chased by the Irons are: Una Emery (3rd), Rafa Benitez (17th), Jurgen Klopp (28th), Frank De Boer (57th), Roberto DiMatteo (61st). Garry Monk (72nd), Michael Laudrup (192nd), Gus Poyet (271st).