4 candidates to replace David Moyes at West Ham

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 14 May 2018, 18:48

David Moyes is expected to leave West Ham after his short-term contract came to an end on Sunday.*

*Moyes has since left the club

The Scot is set for talks with the club’s hierarchy, but rumours are rife that the Hammers are eager to venture down a different managerial path.

Below we look at four of the early contenders in the newly opened Next West Ham Manager Market.

Manuel Pellegrini

It’s absolutely no surprise to see Manuel Pellegrini in the frame for the job. The former Man City boss has consistently been linked with a move to West Ham, and with a vacancy set to open up, speculation will continue to whirl.

During his time in charge of the Citizens he memorably led the club to their second ever Premier League title, plus a brace of League Cups, and given his pedigree the Chilean would no doubt be a popular appointment with the Irons faithful.

Pellegrini is currently working over in China with Hebei China Fortune, but according to The Guardian he’s already held talks with West Ham.

Rafa Benitez

Another manager who is frequently touted as a future West Ham manager is Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard’s own future is up in the air following the conclusion of what proved to be a very successful season, in which led newly promoted Newcastle to a top-10 finish.

As a result his reputation has been enhanced even further, but if he does decide to leave the Toon, it’s difficult to see him switching dugouts to West Ham. Although it can’t be completely dismissed, as he did come close to bagging the job before, only to then dart over to Spain with Real Madrid.

Paulo Fonseca

The early favourite for the job is the highly rated Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca. The Portuguese coach led the club to the Ukranian league and cup double in his first season at the helm (2016/17), before replicating that success with another double during the current campaign. His side also beat Pep Guardiola’s Man City in the Champions League group stages.

After achieving this feat he may now decide that he wants to challenge himself in the Premier League.

Sack Race regulars will remember that Fonseca was hotly linked with a switch to Everton last autumn, only for the club to instead opt for Sam Allardyce. The 45-year-old once again features in the Toffees market, but if they want him they may have to act quickly as West Ham are believed to have already made an approach for his services (A Bola).

Marco Silva

Marco Silva has consistently been linked with a move back to the top-flight following his departure from Watford at the start of the year.

The Portuguese coach arrived on these shores as a virtual unknown in 2017, and then despite suffering the drop with Hull City, he made a swift return to the Premier League with Watford.

He enjoyed a stunning start to life with the Hornets, who buzzed out of the blocks last season. However, he was then linked with Everton, which distracted both Silva and Watford, and in turn contributed to his sacking earlier this year.

Silva is currently the odds-on favourite for the Everton job, and also features in the next Leicester and Leeds manager markets, while he’s hovering around the 8/1 mark in the betting for the West Ham job.

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