David Moyes is on loan at West Ham with a former fans’ favorite suggesting a great manager as the ideal replacement for the under-fire Scotsman at the London Stadium.
The Hammers have had a couple of excellent seasons under Moyes’ management. He guided them to a sixth-placed finish in the 2020/21 season, with the Irons at one stage threatening to crack the top four. It led to qualification for the Europa League, where West Ham went all the way to the semi-finals.
And despite their run in Europe, West Ham were still able to maintain their form in the Premier League, securing seventh place.
As a result, West Ham’s owners gave Moyes some serious funding last summer. And by bringing in big name stars like Lucas Paqueta and Gianluca Scamacca, the Hammers spent around £160m.
It should take West Ham to the next level. But whatever the reason, Moyes has not been able to find the winning formula this season and the club find themselves way down in 17th place.
Indeed, the Hammers were on a seven-match winless run before snapping the sequence in the FA Cup third round at Brentford.
Nevertheless, Moyes remains a man under pressure and reports last week suggested the Scot faced the sack if results did not improve.
And while the cup win against the Bees, along with the draw at Leeds, having eased the pressure somewhat, all eyes will be on Moyes and West Ham to continue that improvement.
In fact, rather than just make do with what they have, former star Frank McAvennie is already considering potential replacements.
West Ham tipped to replace Moyes with Jose Mourinho
Discussing their potential options if Moyes is sacked, McAvennie reckons Jose Mourinho’s no-nonsense approach would serve them well.
“I don’t know who’s out there,” McAvennie shared West Ham Zone.
“Would Mauricio Pochettino come in and take the job? He would come in and make the players better, that’s for sure.
“I don’t know if the fans wanted (Thomas) Tuchel, they didn’t want (Manuel) Pellegrini. They were doing well, then suddenly the back fell out of the bucket.
“I don’t know who’s out there. I’ve always wanted (Jose) Mourinho in there, he’d be a good fit. Because he’s no fool.
“Everything he said about Man United came true, didn’t it. He was absolutely crucified for it, but (Paul) Pogba and all of them, (Luke) Shaw, (Harry) Maguire are not good enough and suddenly everyone is noticing now.
“I wanted him years ago, but I don’t know if he would be accepted now. It wouldn’t be a problem for me, that’s for sure. He’s a winner, he wins. Everywhere he goes, he wins something.”
Mourinho is currently the manager of Rome, who he led to UEFA Conference League glory last season. His contract in the Italian capital expires in the summer of 2024, meaning he is about halfway through his three-year arrangement.
However, the Portuguese has always made clear his love for making it in the Premier League. With Tottenham, Chelsea and Man Utd already on his CV, could the firebrand make West Ham his next destination?
Roma would not release him easily and West Ham would surely have to pay a handsome sum to buy him out of his contract.
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