If Moyes goes, who could Sullivan hire to save our season?

Pochettino, Tuchel and Dyche have all been named as potential candidates but Jack Hobbs asks: Would any want it?

David Moyes (West Ham manager) at the West Ham United v Leicester City EPL match, at the London Stadium, London, UK on November 12, 2022.

It is an understatement to say that this season has not gone to plan for West Ham. After such a promising transfer window our campaign, excluding the Europa Conference League, has been a complete mess.

We just haven’t looked like the same aggressive, hard-to-beat, pressing team that we have all grown to love over the last two seasons. The club is in a transitional period, there is no doubt about that. The massive overhaul in the summer, key figures from the dressing room like Mark Noble and Stuart Pearce departing and the now sky-high expectations at the club will all have played a part in this sluggish start.

However, the performances on the pitch this season have been consistently below average and so rightly David Moyes has come under pressure. We currently sit 17th in the League, out of the relegation zone on goal difference having lost five of our last six league games. For a team who were sat fourth this time last year, it is just not good enough.

For the record I am Moyes in, I think he has completely transformed our club and has taken us out of a complete mess. We wouldn’t be in this position without him so I think that he deserves time to right the wrongs. That being said, football is a results-based sport and if the negative results keep coming then I don’t see him getting that chance.

Moyes is failing to get the most out of this incredibly exciting squad and there are currently no signs of that changing.   For example in the 2-2 draw against Leeds, we looked good in snippets but gifted them two goals through sloppy defending.

Taking off Gianluca Scamacca who scored a brilliant goal and Lucas Paqueta who had been running the game was madness. It resulted in us holding on for a point instead of challenging for all three. It’s conservative decisions like these that have cost us points this season and look likely to cost Moyes his job.

His player management has been poor this season and he has rarely been able to change a game with his substitutions. Scamacca and Paqueta can both win games by themselves, but the Scotsman just hasn’t been able to adapt to their strengths. His management of Said Benrahma has also been especially poor.

Given what I’ve said I know it sounds weird to say but I still back Moyes and I want him to turn things round, I just don’t think he will be given the time. A lot of fans are starting to turn on Moyes, so the pressure really is building. Our next games are crucial and if we don’t pick up points against Wolves away and Everton at home, you would think that Moyes will be given his marching orders.

In my eyes if Moyes is to go then there is only one man I would want for the job. Mauricio Pochettino was excellent at Spurs and I think he would be a near perfect fit.

He transformed Tottenham into a title challenging side for a couple of years and still managed to get them to a Champions League final with a rapidly-aging squad. With the players we have at our disposal, Poch could get us playing and help us shoot up the table. A return to London would also surely appeal to the 50-year-old so a deal wouldn’t be impossible.

Thomas Tuchel is another name that has been mentioned and he is another world-class option. Again, a return to London might catch his eye but I feel that Tuchel is more out of reach than Pochettino.

The former Chelsea boss has also had issues with the owners at most of his previous clubs so you can just imagine that would be a match made in hell if he was to get the job. He could be fantastic but I don’t think he would suit West Ham. Another man who will surely be linked with a move to West Ham is Sean Dyche. The former Burnley manager has been on our radar before and is currently unemployed, which fits all the bills.

While it isn’t the most inspiring option, it is probably the most likely of the three and I would be very interested to see what Dyche could do with our squad and resources at his disposal. There aren’t many options available which is probably why Moyes isn’t already on the brink.  

If the results continue then we will need to put sentiment aside and go all out for Pochettino in my opinion.  I would love nothing more than a David Moyes redemption arc but the way things are going I don’t see it ending well.

Whether he stays or goes Moyes has cemented himself in West Ham history and fans will never forget the magic moments he has brought us over the past three years.

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