West Ham are reportedly ready to sack David Moyes if the Hammers lose to Everton on Saturday, at which point Moyes will immediately become the favourite for the Toffees’ job.
The Hammers have claimed just one point from their last seven games and another defeat at home to an equally poor Everton side would force the east London club’s hand, according to the Daily Telegraph.
And then, if we are to believe what we read, Moyes would immediately become a target for Everton, who he successfully kept in the Premier League for 11 years between 2002 and 2013.
Moyes is the odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job but reports suggest that the club would prefer to stick with the Scot if possible, but they have been forced to come up with alternatives.
‘Nuno Espirito Santo, Rafael Benitez and Sean Dyche are all viewed as potential fire-fighters for West Ham,’ says the Telegraph, but West Ham do not really need a fire-fighter as they have conceded only 25 goals in 19 games, giving them the best defensive record in the bottom half of the Premier League.
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The problem is a lack of goals and West Ham fans are increasingly frustrated that Moyes is reluctant to use Said Benrahma and Gianluca Scamacca.
A long-term solution would be West Brom coach Carlos Corberan, who almost led Huddersfield Town to an unlikely promotion from the Championship last season and is well on course to do the same with the Baggies.
But Corberan is unlikely to be the immediate successor to Moyes, who is more likely to be replaced by a manager with Premier League experience like Dyche, Benitez or Santo, who is currently managing in Saudi Arabia.
Moyes feared West Ham would be “caught out” by not spending big last summer before he embarked on a £160million revamp of the squad.
“We had (players like) Mark Noble coming to the end (last season) and we were actually short of numbers, really short,” Moyes said in an interview with podcaster Steven Bartlett.
“I felt as if I nearly had to break it up a little bit, because I had seen signs now. My experience, my longevity was telling me ‘if I don’t do this now then I’m going to feel I’m going to be caught out’.
“We probably didn’t do quite as well from January onwards last year, that was my feeling. We had some brilliant nights, we got to the semi-final of European football. In the last game of the season we finished seventh, but we were 10 minutes from finishing sixth above Man United.
“I felt that, now with the age I am, I don’t really give a s**t. I’m not going to get many more goes at this. If I don’t make a go at it, and I don’t really do what I think is right and what I want to do, then I’ll regret it.”