Slaven Bilic will be a huge loss to the Premier League but not as a manager. The Croatian is one of the game’s most colourful characters, but all the media-savvy in the world can’t hide the disaster of his side’s displays this year.
The decision was easy for West Ham’s Brothers-in-Incompetence on Monday. The Davids – Sullivan and Gold – watched their team surrender once more at the weekend, conceding four times to a rampant Liverpool.
At the time of writing, the East Londoners are just four points off the bottom of the table. The question is: who can come in and save them? Here are four of the frontrunners to replace Bilic at West Ham United.
1 Sam Allardyce
Allardyce has been increasingly visible of late: his hangdog features slouching into TV and radio studios at every available opportunity. The game, he argues, doesn’t allow young British managers a chance to prove themselves.
He’ll be disconsolate then, as bookies place him among the favourites to take over the West Ham hot seat.
For all his bluster, though, Allardyce is a proven manager with a demonstrable record of engineering escapes from seemingly-certain relegations.
West Ham could do far, far worse than a man deemed suitable for the England job barely 18 months ago.
2 Sean Dyche
The ‘Ginger Mourinho’ won’t be for Burnley much longer.
As Everton dither over a permanent replacement for Ronald Koeman, West Ham may swoop for a man who has led his side to one defeat in their last ten games.
Of course, the prospect of Everton, whose many millions of pounds in backing was the recent topic of a BBC Panorama programme, may seem like the obvious choice.
That said, though, as that Panorama programme itself insinuated, life at Everton could be about to get very complicated indeed and so, despite their so-called 'London Stadium Hoodoo', West Ham may be a little more of a simpler existence for Dyche as time goes on.
The question is: why would Dyche leave this much of a good thing at Burnley?
3 David Moyes
He may have the charisma of a soggy cornflake but the cold grey eyes of David Moyes are more intelligent than commentators would have you believe.
The scraggy Scot was on a hiding to nothing at Manchester United, succeeding the game’s greatest ever manager. The less said about the debacle of Sunderland, meanwhile, the better. That the Wearsiders are rock-bottom of the Championship, though, suggests they are a club beyond saving.
With West Ham reportedly offering a deal until the end of the season, Moyes will again find himself mired in an uphill struggle. Javier Hernandez and Winston Reid are, however, considerable upgrades on no-hopers Joleon Lescott and Victor Anichebe.
He’ll relish the opportunity to prove the doubters wrong.
4 Slavisa Jokanovic
The Serbian may be a left-field appointment, particularly with his Fulham side languishing in the bottom half of the Championship. Fans in West London shouldn’t forget, however, how the 49-year-old helped them in the playoff places last year.
Jokanovic isn’t afraid to give youth a chance, bringing the likes of Ryan Sessegnon into the first team fold, and might just be tempted to jump ship before he’s pushed at Craven Cottage.
In an underwhelming pool of candidates, he might just be the boost that West Ham need.
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