With the final game of the season fast approaching and everything pretty much wrapped up for West Ham, attention turns to the club’s off-season manoeuvres. The biggest decision is whether to stick or twist with David Moyes whose short-term contract expires at the end of the season.
The tabloids are awash with speculation about the Scotsman’s future, with the Daily Star alleging that former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has an agreement in principle to join the Hammers.
All West Ham parties maintain that the decision will be made once the season is over. After the Slaven Bilic era came to a sputtering end Moyes was installed at the helm to guide the Hammers to Premier League safety. While he has achieved this, many fans are dismayed by the negative style of play and glacial substitutions.
Premier League survival was assured with Thursday’s drab goalless draw with Manchester United; Moyes old club Everton will head to London Stadium for the season closer. Possibly the only time in Premier League history we’ll see both sets of supporters sing “Fuck off Sam Allardyce”.
Pellegrini would be a very attractive option, if a little above West Ham’s station. The 65-year-old has been managing China’s Hebei China Fortune and of course won the Premier League title with Manchester City. He was given a hard time by the Blues, but if reports of being in the frame for West Ham prove true then this would make him one of the best managers we’ve ever had at our club.
Of course this is West Ham United we are talking about here, one of the most shambolically run clubs in England’s top division. Why would a world class manager like Pellegrini decide to slum it? But if Newcastle United can get Rafa Benitez as manager anything is possible!