West Ham dodge the Lampard bullet


It looks like we have dodged a bullet with the Hammers’ former midfielder Frank Lampard being named as Graham Potter’s interim successor until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Previously, the Daily Mail had written that Lampard was a “candidate” to replace Moyes due to his affiliation with the club and his willingness to use youth prospects.

I think the West Ham faithful would’ve been fairly peeved had the 44-year-old been given the job on a full-time basis.

Let`s have a look at who the bookies think who could be our next manager.


Rafa Benitez is at the top of the betting following his departure from Everton last year.

The Spaniard has managed huge clubs including Liverpool, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Inter Milan so would he be a good fit at the London Stadium? He did do a brilliant job at Newcastle on a limited budget to be fair to him.

Like Moyes, Benitez is a defensive manager and it remains to be seen whether the Hammers are looking to play more expansive stuff – or simply stay in the Premier League.


The former Leeds boss missed out on the chance to take over at Everton, with the Toffees instead going for the safer option in Sean Dyche. However, he did offer to manage the Under-21 side before taking over the senior team in typical bizarre Bielsa fashion.

Would the Argentinian be a suitable replacement for Moyes? It would certainly be entertaining, that’s for sure.


The former West Ham midfielder Michael Carrick’s odds have really come in over the last few days. The current Middlesbrough manager has them fighting for promotion from the Championship and he has a win percentage of 69% ! with Boro.

As a former player he would be a huge hit for Hammers fans but will he leave a promotion push for a relegation battle?


Carlos Corberan, who was an assistant under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds, has impressed since going on his own and being a manager.

He guided Huddersfield Town to the Championship playoffs and his West Brom team are flying, while playing attractive football.

He’s not a big name but he could be a shrewd appointment by West Ham.


Nuno Espirito Santo is currently in charge of Saudi side Al-Ittihad and if he got the call from West Ham, it feels likely he’d accept their offer.

It didn’t go to plan for the former goalkeeper at Tottenham and it slightly damaged his stock but he did a solid job at Wolves before his time in north London.


Mauricio Pochettino would be an ambitious move for the Hammers, however, he would be brilliant if he opted to head to east London.

Pochettino has always implemented an easy-on-the-eye style of play, while also developing his players and bringing through youngsters.

However, it seems that the Argentine is waiting for a bigger project like the Real Madrid job or even a return to former employers Tottenham.


Mark Noble is a West Ham hero and he’s currently the sporting director at the London Stadium. He knows the club like the back of his hand but it’d be a bold appointment.

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