At first glance it seemed a rather bizarre suggestion – Daily Mail writer Martin Samuel suggesting that West Ham United should attempt to replace Sam Allardyce with Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.
Here was a man who has built a team chockfull of some of the most talented players in Europe, a man who guided said team not only to Bundesliga success but also to the Champions League final and is famed for playing football the ‘right’ way.
Yes, this season has not gone according to plan, with Dortmund until recently dicing with potential relegation from Germany’s top flight, although they have since climbed to 10th in the table. But Klopp remains a managerial catch if ever there was one.
As Samuel pointed out in his column, his time in Germany may be coming to an end, despite his oft-declared love for Dortmund.
And here’s the thing: The suggestion is not as crazy as it first sounds, for West Ham to snaffle one of the best managerial talents in Europe. It actually makes a great deal of sense.
With Louis van Gaal, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino all firmly ensconced at their respective clubs, West Ham are one of the few viable options for the 47-year-old, at least for now.
They are based in the capital, they have a rich history and they are soon to move into the Olympic Stadium.
With a developing squad, some promising young players coming through and money for the right additions, what is not to like?
Signing for one of the Premier League’s so-called big boys would be a risk; he would need to perform brilliantly from the outset. But at West Ham he could build just as he did at Dortmund.
And with time, who is to say he could not do for the Hammers what he has for the club currently lucky enough to have him?