Should West Ham ditch Slaven Bilic and go for Claudio Ranieri?

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

Should West Ham make a move for former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri?

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham slumped to another defeat at the weekend, conceding three goals for the second successive game.

That makes it three losses in a row, and no wins in their last five, and the Hammers have now slipped back into the bottom half of the table into 12th position.

Bilic is in his second season at West Ham, but they are moving backwards considering their seventh placed finish last year.

Long term it may make sense to stick with the Croatian, unless a special candidate comes along.

West Ham's board may want to consider whether Claudio Ranieri is that man.

Leicester City's manager Claudio RanieriFormer Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

Ranieri is available after his surprise sacking by Leicester City last month, a decision which was widely condemned for it's callousness.

The Italian created history last season by leading the Foxes to win the Premier League title, defying odds of more than 5,000/1 which existed at the start of the campaign.

West Ham's owners have not been afraid to chase big names in the transfer market, in fact it has been part of their downfall in strategy in recent times, but it is easy to see them being attracted to the idea of bringing in high profile boss Ranieri.

Ranieri's sacking at Leicester provided the Foxes with a spark this season they needed, but by the same token, a change in approach could give West Ham the lift they need.

Fresh ideas and fresh impetus appear required, and Ranieri has a point to prove after Leicester's disappointing treatment of him. 

It would be commendable if West Ham did elect to stay loyal and stick with Bilic, but if they do decide to move on, then Ranieri might just be their best option.

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