With Klopp and Tuchel off the table, there is only one coach West Ham should appoint

The Hammers are still looking at who could lead the club as manager next season.

Reportedly, the East London club approached Jurgen Klopp only to be shot down, as per the Independent, and it has shown that the Hammers are targeting a specific type of manager.

They want someone young and energetic, who plays progressive football with a keen focus on youth development and team building.

It is this same philosophy that saw Thomas Tuchel recommended as a potential successor if Klopp was not available, but after Klopp’s refusal of the job offer, and Tuchel confirming that he will take charge of Dortmund when Klopp leaves, it has left the Hammers in something of a void.

However, there is another Bundesliga coach who fulfils all those same traits, and is still likely to be on the market - Roger Schmidt.

Currently at the helm of Bayer Leverkusen, Schmidt, 48, has built his reputation on the hard-pressing of Klopp and the tactical organisation of Tuchel, to land somewhere firmly in the middle of the two and push his Bayer side into regular Champions League qualification.

He has a grounded upbringing and does not bring the same media frenzy that someone like Klopp does, although his on-pitch effect is remarkably similar.

He is also young enough to still build a club for the future, without fears that he may want to leave to end his career soon, and that will please the Hammers board, who are looking for a coach to oversee a new era of success as the East London club move from the Boleyn Ground to the Olympic Stadium.

Of all the managers linked to the West Ham job, Schmidt is a name that is curiously overlooked. But hopefully he has not been overlooked in the boardroom, as he represents all that the Hammers want and need from a coach, as they look to usher in a new West Ham dynasty.

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