Like the saying goes, a lie will get halfway around the world before the truth can get its trousers on. Keep that in mind as we report on the latest bit of tabloid speculation: Marco Silva rumoured to be lined up as David Moyes’ replacement in summer.
The Sun and Daily Express cite the Spanish sports paper Marca as a source for the Hammers hiring Silva this summer. The club have been considering their options in case Moyes leaves London Stadium at the end of the season.
The Scot took over Slaven Bilic’s floundering West Ham side in November, the team made a good start but Moyes has overseen a troubling slide towards the relegation zone. The Hammers are two points from safety, with serious concerns about whether the team can survive this season.
It’s worth noting that in his 23 games Moyes has achieved the lowest win percentage in our managerial history - 26.09%, lower than Gianfranco Zola and Avram Grant. Admittedly it’s a small sample size of 26 matches but we have only won six games since Bilic was replaced. Creeping doubts about Moyes are starting to grow among many supporters.
Silva has been unemployed since his acrimonious departure from Watford, the Portuguese had been highly regarded in the Premier League before this season. Like Ronald Koeman his stock has dipped and public perception has cooled following a troubled campaign.
Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini reportedly also features on the shortlist of candidates.
Despite previous rumours to the contrary, The Sun believe that West Ham are happy with Moyes and willing to let him stay past this season. He signed a two-and-a-half year deal which includes a break clause at the end of the season.
Overall, it’s notoriously difficult to trust paper talk because it changes suddenly and no one knows how credible these sources are. The Silva to West Ham rumours have been circulating, and while it’s hard to know what will happen to the club long-term, there could be big changes this summer.
Jack Kavanagh also writes Culture Hash which talks about the more lighthearted popular culture issues. You can also find him in the kitchen at parties.