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Four manager targets emerge as Irons look for change

Manuel_Pellegrini_(2)_(cropped)West Ham have a growing list of managerial candidates in mind as they look to replace Slaven Bilic with three occupying their immediate attention.

There is now little question that the club is ready for a change following the desperately disappointing set of results.

And after the 97th minute equaliser by Palace at Selhurst Park yesterday (Sat) they realise that time is not on their side as they attempt to make a change.

The three games just past- which most believed would yield seven points – have brought just two and once again the club is looking more closely at the clubs below them than those above.

Among the names the Hammers would be happy to see take over from Slaven Bilic are bookies favourite Manuel Pellegrini who is much admired within the club and who is keen on a move to the Premier League and London in particular after a spell with Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune.

Watford boss Marco Silva is also a possibility along with Huddersfield’s David Wagner and Burnley’s Sean Dyche who is slipping down the pecking order because he looks unavailable until next season.

As the outcry grows among the fans for “change now” there’s a growing acceptance inside the club that an early termination of the current manager’s contract may well be necessary.

However, the board won’t be bullied into making a rush “from frying pan into the fire” move as they bid to get the next appointment spot on.

The club would also be keen on Rafa Benitez were he to be ready for a move from the north east but that looks unlikely at this stage.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

17 comments on “Four manager targets emerge as Irons look for change

  1. I think if the right man was available right now the change would have already been made.Its the individual errors that are killing us.Too many penalties conceded,Too many last minute and injury time goals conceded,red cards and a leaky defence all this season and most of last.We keep hearing statements from the manager and players that we must cut out the errors but every week its the same old story and same errors.Someone really needs to shake it up.I do not think i am alone in that i could see that last gasp goal coming yesterday and we expect it every time and thats no good for anyone.

  2. Move him on before it’s too late, Dyche is another Allardyce as is Benitez we can do without them, focus on managers that can play attack and defence COYI !!!

  3. Daily mail claims board ate preparing financial package for Dyche probably not true ….


    We missed out beginning of last summer but we can wait all season might never get the Mgr the board really wants but big names aren’t always the best.
    I think Chris Wilder should be given a ring bc he has been fantastic. And there are plenty of good managers who could be persuaded to leave or ate free….. Just want to see some decent football.
    And Bilic will get a mgmt job but straining him along helps no one

  4. All 4 would require large compo packages to the club. Won’t happen we need to get behind Slav until the end of the season.

    • Sure, why not!
      Another 6 months of inept coaching and tactics, on the back of the previous 18 months will see us playing Championship.football.
      Almost Champions League.
      Don’t forget Sullivan’s message that 50000 fans are so lucky now they can afford to watch such dross played in an athletics stadium.
      Mission accomplished!

    • Omg are you being serious

    • What’s bigger in compo !!
      Relegation or paying out a few quid !! Loads of Money in the pockets saved by not spending on transfers etc !! He needs to be gone asap !! Silva for me !!!😉 . don’t rule out pardew on the cheap ? If you get my drift 😁

    • To get behind Slav is admirable , Billy . That is of course if you like being second best every 90mins with a disjointed team . To publicly blame one player for losing 2 points was a disgrace especially as that player has been so strong for us . He denied his responsibility.
      After he has been always saying he is responsible for the results that was disappointing .
      He is a master at avoiding the sack . To blame one player should really be the end of him.
      It wasn’t even his position at right back ffs .

  5. I disagree on the money side of things and paying out. I think if they could get the exact person they want, they would pay what is due. Nothing at the moment is more important than getting the right manager in to take us where we would all like to go.
    I believe, from the rare titbits we have to go off, that should Ancelotti agree to a deal, they would pay him the money that he would command. I am a firm believer that he is their No.1 target. No.2 – Mancini. No.3 – Rafa. There’s going to be a lot of compensation/fees involved to get any of those 3 but they’d pay to secure their services.
    All of this was Plan A should we survive to the end of the season. Its now looking very bloody as Hugh mentioned in one of his articles and the owners are looking to make a Plan B. There are not a lot of stand out options at the moment apart from maybe Terry Westly but it does create a massive dilemma. We know and they know, Slav has to go but would, just for example sake, Westly be a better option than Slav at the moment???
    None of us have a crystal ball and we wouldn’t know until it was tried out. However, Slav has only got 9 points from 8 winnable games so far (take out Man Ure & Spuds games from the 10 played) I’m sure another caretaker for now couldn’t be as bad as that?

  6. I can’t believe Sullivan and Gold have made so much money in business, they can’t make the correct decision I suppose this is the problem when there is not just one guvnor.
    Bilic should of gone at the end of last season or even half way through it. No one can explain how we play, our tactics, our strategy, our training methods are by all accounts Abysmal, even Bilic came out with there’s not any tempo in training! I am lost for words that our best ever squad assembled with some very exciting youth prospects are bing left in the hands of an amateur and his cronies. Bring in Marco Silva or his like to get the best out of our squad and let’s put an end to this circus before it’s too late. The manager is our most important signing!!!!

  7. Sack him now and get pardew in for the rest of the season.

  8. Terry Westly, one for the future…. but right now?

  9. Apparently it wouldn’t take a fortune to prize Rogers away from Celtic and he can get the best out of bang average players cos he is a decent man manager who coaches possession football. Calls for Chris Wilder and Dyche worry me as more of the same, far too soon for Westley, look at Unsworth and Everton, the bridge from U23 to Prem is huge.
    Please not Pardew again. He is like Koeman – In it for himself.
    Whoever comes in will earn their money, that’s for sure. So much wrong currently and it will take a lot of unravelling before we start to see the benefits. So do it now!!!!

    • Talking of bridges what about the ex Liverpool coach Steve Cooper who won the u17 World Cup final that team plays like (probably better than) the Liverpool of the 70’s and early 80’s pressing and passing and scoring for fun whilst conceding virtually nothing.

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