Should West Ham move to appoint Serhiy Rebrov as manager this summer?

Rebrov is currently in charge of Dynamo Kyiv, but West Ham should look to appoint him.

Sam Allardyce’s future looks to be set away from the Boleyn Ground, and it is expected that he will leave West Ham after the final game of the Premier League season.

This has opened the doors for the East London outfit to hire a new manager, and there are still no indications as to whom may be approached. There is the safe choice, in a coach such as Steve McClaren, or the more progressive appointment, being the likes of Jurgen Klopp.

The latter may be harder to appoint, as ambitions of top level management entice Klopp, but there is no denying that the Hammers should look for a more progressive manager, especially as they have a desire to achieve European qualification whilst playing a brand of technical, attacking football usually associated with the club.

This limits the number of available managers, but there is one coach - and a former West Ham striker - who is the perfect option.

Serhiy Rebrov is best known for his two spells in England, with Tottenham and the Hammers, where he failed to replicate his impressive goalscoring feats from his time with Dynamo Kyiv.

Now 40, he retired in 2009, and took charge of Kyiv in April 2014 on a caretaker basis, before being named full-time manager in May of that year.

He has since revitalised a lagging Kyiv side, winning this year’s edition of the Ukranian Premier League, having yet to lose a game with two fixtures left.

He channels the managerial style of Valeriy Lobanovskyi, being focused on intensely high pressing and rehearsed attacking moves to be able to play out of every situation. The football is incredibly offensive, and every player is expected to be skilful enough to contribute in all phases of play.

The football is stylistically what the Hammers are looking for, and Rebrov has proven to be an excellent manager at domestic level - also winning the 2014 Ukrainian Cup, with a chance of winning the 2015 edition.

He also has great experience of European football, taking Kyiv to the quarter final of the Europa League this season, and imposing his style of play upon the competition.

West Ham need to appoint a manager who will move the club forward whilst sticking to the historic ideals of attractive football. Rebrov fulfils all those traits necessary, and if appointed, it is hard to look past him being a success at the Boleyn Ground.

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