West Ham chiefs have drawn up a four-man shortlist of potential replacements for boss David Moyes, including surprising former managers of Liverpool and Tottenham.
Moyes is under pressure at West Ham amid their poor run of form. Since domestic football resumed after the World Cup, the Irons have won just once in five games across all competitions. That was a 1-0 victory over Brentford in the FA Cup, with three of the other matches being Premier League defeats.
West Ham’s atrocious league form has seen them slip into the relegation zone. They sit in 18th place and are level on points with fellow struggles Everton and Southampton, who make up the rest of the bottom three.
On Sunday, The Telegraph gave an insight into West Ham’s plans. They revealed the ‘ideal’ scenario for club chiefs would be to give Moyes more time. But if results do not improve, then they will be forced to sack the Scot.
That report named Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino as potential replacements for Moyes. However, given the fact they have both managed Champions League clubs, it would take some serious convincing to get them to take charge at the London Stadium.
The Telegraph have now provided an update on their previous report. They have revealed some more realistic managers who could join West Ham to steady the ship and guide the club away from the drop zone.
The first name on the list is surprisingly former Liverpool, Chelsea, Newcastle and Everton boss Rafa Benitez.
He helped Liverpool to win the Champions League in 2005, as well as lifting the Europa League with Chelsea in 2013. Benitez’s most recent spell in management was with Everton, and that did not exactly go to plan. As such, it is a surprise to see West Ham considering him.
Tottenham failure joins Benitez on West Ham shortlist
Another shock name on the list is Nuno Espirito Santo. He created a great reputation for himself at Wolves. A switch to Spurs followed, but Santo was sacked after just four months due to a combination of poor results and performances. As with Benitez, it would be an interesting move if West Ham took a punt on the Portuguese, given his recent poor spell in the Prem.
A better option might be Sean Dyche. He knows how to navigate a relegation battle, having helped Burnley avoid such a fate on several occasions. And Dyche even took Burnley to seventh place in the 2017-18 season, despite operating with a limited budget.
The final coach West Ham chiefs are considering might be a more long-term appointment. He is Carlos Corberan, who has done well in the Championship with both Huddersfield and now West Brom.
It would be a shame for West Ham to axe Moyes after all he has done during his second spell at the club. He has guided them into the Europa League and then the Europa Conference League, too.
But things have turned sour this campaign and West Ham need a fresh approach to lift them up the table. It will be fascinating to see which manager they end up with.