Bad news for West Ham fans if Claudio Ranieri is appointed as club's new manager

David Sullivan, West Ham owner and David Gold, West Ham chairman look on during the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley,...

West Ham United have been making the headlines this week with their pursuit of a new manager to replace David Moyes.

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium on May 10, 2018 in London, England.

West Ham decided to part company with Moyes as they look to appoint a "high calibre manager with Premier League and European experience in the next seven days" - as revealed by co-owner David Sullivan on the club's official website.

That rules out rumoured targets Unai Emery and Paulo Fonseca but very much rules in the likes of Manuel Pellegrini, Rafa Benitez and Claudio Ranieri who are the three frontrunners for the Hammers hotseat.

Fans have been welcoming links to both Benitez and Pellegrini and feel it is a step up for the Hammers.

But reports emerging Italian Claudio Ranieri could be set for a shock return to the Premier League with West Ham have not been as well received.

Nantes' Italian head coach Claudio Ranieri looks on ahead of the French L1 football match between Caen (SMC) and Nantes (FCN) on February 4, 2018, at Michel d'Ornano stadium in Caen,...

There has been big movement on the title winning former Leicester boss after it was announced he is leaving French side Nantes.

Ranieri, who has been a managerial nomad across Europe, has been cut from 20/1 to just 9/2 in the last 24 hours.

But if he is appointed as Moyes' replacement, it does not bode well for Hammers fans and their footballing ideals according to a report from France.

Leicester City's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri (C) stands with the Premier league trophy as the Leicester City team take part in an open-top bus parade through Leicester to celebrate...

That's because Get Football News France report that the style of play under Ranieri was dismal, not what disciples of the West Ham way will want to hear.

"The Italian had a number of differences with (Nantes) President Kita, and his Nantes side, although arguably over-performing throughout this campaign, played a dire style of football," GFFN reports.

Those West Ham fans in favour of Ranieri will of course point to the fact he led the Foxes to one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of sport when they won the title in 2015/16.

However his career before and after was largely about fire-fighting on low budgets, another ominous sign if he is inbound for the East Londoners.

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