Despite leading West Ham to a highly respectable eighth place this season, Sam Allardyce’s future at the club is still uncertain.
In fact, Allardyce has endured a rocky time with the club’s fans since joining them, regardless of the fact he successfully guided them out of the Championship at the first time of asking and has now re-established them as a Premier League side.
The weekend’s heavy FA Cup defeat to West Brom saw the fan base turn on him, booing him on several occasions and treating his substitutions with similar ire. The veteran manager is out of contract next year as well, and that FA Cup dismantling could go against him, according to the Daily Mail.
Who though, would West Ham bring in to replace Allardyce, should they decide to appoint a new face? We analyse five potential candidates the Hammers might consider:
Would West Ham consider a romantic return for Harry Redknapp should they decide to dispose of Sam Allardyce? Possibly.
The veteran manager may have endured an indifferent time at QPR, which ultimately ended in his resignation, but his time at Tottenham was a massive success, where he arguably built the best side they’ve seen in years. So impressive was his time at Spurs that everyone was calling for him to be the England manager before Roy Hodgson was installed.
At the age of 67 though, it would likely only be a short-term appointment for the Hammers. Despite that, Redknapp would likely bite their hand off once he’s recovered from knee surgery, and one last shot at the Premier League before retirement with West Ham would be a fairytale story.
David Moyes' stock has fallen considerably after the failure that was his one-year stint at Manchester United, but he’s still a good manager.
Given that Louis Van Gaal hasn’t exactly confirmed that Moyes’ season was the disaster everyone has labelled it – the pair were very close on their points tallies until recently – perhaps writing Moyes off so soon was a mistake.
In fact, his current stint at La Liga side Real Sociedad is proving to be quite a good one. He has so far steered them clear of the relegation zone and has them in 12th, with an impressive win over Barcelona to his name as well. While his United record stands against him, his time at Everton was a massive success and cannot be ignored.
Would Moyes consider a return to the Premier League to fix his tarnished image? Most likely, and West Ham could be the right kind of club where the pressures are more similar to Everton than Man United.
A former West Ham player, Slaven Bilic has been linked with the job every time there’s been an opening.
The man who revived Croatian football, his most famous moment arguably leading them to Euro 2008 at England’s expense, courtesy of that famous win at Wembley that ultimately cost Steve McClaren his job. He currently finds himself in charge of Turkish side Besiktas, guiding them to the top of the table ahead of Fenerbache and Galatasaray, and even into the latter stages of the Europa League, where they’ll take on Liverpool.
Additionally, the Croatian hasn’t kept back his desire to manager West Ham at some point in the future, with him openly admitting to the Telegraph he would like to get the job when he was still Croatia boss in 2008 when they were looking to replace Alan Curbishley.
The former Celtic boss’s reputation suffered because of a lack of competition in the Scottish Premiership, but there’s now no denying he’s a good manager.
His record at Celtic alone was impressive, with most remembering their Champions League group stage qualification and impressive win over Barcelona to boot. Add in his ability to spot a top player for a bargain, and he has everything required to make it in the Premier League. However, many seemed to think that he wasn’t that good considering how easy the Scottish league was, and still is, for Celtic.
He’s dispelled that rumour with his time at Bolton though, guiding them expertly away from the Championship relegation zone, which they are now seven points clear of and comfortable. A number of teams should be looking at him now, and West Ham could certainly do much worse considering his Champions League experience as well.
The hottest young boss on the block, and certainly one West Ham would take a look at when searching for a new manager; Eddie Howe is the game’s up and coming star.
His record at Bournemouth is so far extremely impressive, with his first stint getting them up into League One and his current spell with the side proving even more remarkable, with them sitting top of the Championship in just their second year in the league. In between his two spells at the Cherries he had an unfortunate time with Burnley, where things just didn’t work out for him.
Despite the relative failure at Turf Moor, Howe’s stock has continued to rise at Bournemouth in what is obviously a good fit. With West Ham set to move to the Olympic Stadium, they might fancy having a young, talented manager to lead them into a bright new future. Howe though, may be unwilling to leave what is obviously a happy marriage at Dean Court.