Kevin Davies suggests realistic expectations for West Ham's next manager

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Former England striker Kevin Davies has questioned whether West Ham United can progress next season.

Former England striker Kevin Davies told talkSPORT that he’s not sure West Ham can progress much more than they managed last season.

The Hammers finished 12th in the table on 47 points under Sam Allardyce, which wasn’t enough to earn Big Sam the chance to lead the club in their final campaign at Upton Park.

Davies has stressed that it’s now vital the club make the right appointment in terms of their next manager, because of the level of transformation that individual has to try and achieve.

“I’m not really sure what West Ham can do better, maybe finish in the top ten, get into some quarter-finals – I think going into that stadium after next season, they’ve got to get this new appointment spot on because if they don’t that’s going to be a big problem for them,” he said.

What West Ham will be aiming for next season is at least a place in the top eight, with an emphasis on pushing for European qualification.

The new manager will be backed to make several signings in the transfer market and that creates a pressure for the team to perform to a certain standard.

The new boss also has to work hard in terms of tactics and game plans to try and make the team unpredictable, which will give them a better chance of securing positive results from one game to the next.

It’s about the team working hard to try and achieve a positive balance between the aims which are being set and what the club is realistically capable of and as long the expectations stay sensible, the club has a chance of moving forward.

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