Sam Allardyce’s chances of being offered a new contract at West Ham when his current deal ends are ‘as low as five per cent’ according to sources quoted in the Telegraph.
On-going tensions over recruitment decisions are reportedly undermining an already fraught relationship between Allardyce and the club’s owners.
With the manager’s Boleyn Ground deal due to expire in the summer now seems the apposite time to review the most likely would-be heirs to his throne.
Slaven Bilic 7/1
Positives: Socialist, rock star and an ex-Iron, proving his one-season slump at Lokomotiv Moscow an outlier with current club Besiktas top of the Super Lig.
Negatives: In the first year of a three-year deal in Istanbul.
David Moyes 9/1
Positives: Failed at Manchester United but established Everton as a top-half side during his spell at Goodison Park, fosters a team ethic capable of surviving losing star players to bigger clubs.
Negatives: Moyes’ Toffees were famed first and foremost for being hard to beat and competitive not playing sexy football, is reportedly very happy in Spain.
Marcelo Bielsa 11/1
Positives: The tactical innovator who inspired Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, preaches a high-tempo attacking doctrine.
Negatives: Virtually guaranteed to fall out with David Gold and David Sullivan, has shown a distaste for signings from above when shunning Doria at Marseille.
Rafael Benitez 12/1
Positives: An illustrious and trophy-laden CV, spell at Chelsea proved he had a thick skin, a knack for success in cup competitions.
Negatives: Like Moyes not likely to have his charges playing ‘the West Ham way’.
Gus Poyet 14/1
Positives: The Uruguayan has proven himself adept at drilling defensively-sound sides at first Brighton then Sunderland.
Negatives: Seemingly unaware that signing players directly from South America represents a sizeable risk, incapable of keeping a lid on his frustrations with either his board of his squad members.