West Ham want Marco Silva to replace David Moyes

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 27 March 2018, 09:59

Marco Silva could be set to return to the Premier League for a third spell as manager following reports that West Ham are keen for the Portuguese coach to replace under-fire boss David Moyes.

Spanish newspaper Marca report that the former Hull and Watford manager is a target for the Hammers, who are weighing up their managerial options ahead of what is likely to be a summer of change in East London.

So far this season we’ve already witnessed nine Premier League casualties, with Moyes the third favourite (14/1) to propel that number to double figures, behind odds-on frontrunner Alan Pardew, and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

Moyes replaced the sacked Slaven Bilic back in November on a short-term contract until the end of the season, with the task of keeping the club in the top-flight.

However, the club’s top-tier status is in severe danger with three consecutive defeats leading up to the international break leaving West Ham 17th in the table.

The Hammers return to action on Saturday for a crunch “six-pointer” at home to fellow strugglers Southampton, who recently switched Mauricio Pellegrino for Mark Hughes.

Moyes’ men currently sit one place and two points above both the relegation zone and Southampton, meaning a win over the Saints would move them five points clear of their opponents with seven games remaining.

However, a fourth straight defeat would drop the club into the relegation zone, while it could well be the end of the road for Moyes, if reports are to be believed.

If so, could Silva come in and replace the Scot?

No. It's difficult to envision Silva returning to management at this late stage of the season, especially given that he’s already got one relegation on his CV, having suffered the dreaded drop with Hull last term.

Therefore, a summer move appears much more likely, should Moyes be axed.

Another boss to be linked with the club - not for the first time - is the former Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini who is currently over in China with Hebei China Fortune.

Should West Ham remain in the top-flight, the club could well attempt to lure the Chilean over to the London Stadium, although he’s unlikely to be tempted should they be plying their trade in the Championship next season.

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