Even an unlucky 2-2 draw away to Spurs won’t save West Ham boss Sam Allardyce from the Boleyn Ground boot this summer, according to many in the media at least.
The MailOnline ‘understand the board have come to the conclusion that…the time has come for a new stimulus’, meaning co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are finally ready to give poor Big Sam the boot.
Here are some of the main runners and riders for his job:
David Moyes @ 3/1 (favourite)
It’s hard to imagine Moyes skipping into a fourth different hotseat in under two years, having done a decent job so far with Real Sociedad.
When he took over in November, the Basques were fifth from bottom and level on points with the four teams directly below. They’re now 14th, five points clear of trouble.
No doubt the Irons hierarchy would like the former Manchester United and Everton gaffer, but the price seems a little low at present.
Harry Redknapp @ 9/2
Redknapp is no darling among the Boleyn Ground faithful, and the Davids risk upsetting the fans further by appointing their former leader.
That being said, he will most likely be free and available come the summer…
Slaven Bilic @ 6/1
The Besiktas boss spent 18 months as a fans favourite in east London back in the mid-90s, so it’s no surprise to see him prominent in the betting.
Bilic has bags of experience for a 46-year-old, having led Croatia to the quarter-finals of the European Championship in 2008, during a largely happy six-year spell in charge of his country. He looks a decent candidate.
Gus Poyet @ 14/1
The latest rumour going round is that West Ham are eyeing up Sunderland’s Uruguayan obfuscator to take over from Allardyce, although this whisper may only help to hasten Poyet’s departure from the Stadium of Light.
Frank Rijkaard @ 40/1
Much more interesting than the link to Poyet is MailOnline talk that Sullivan and Gold have watched with envy at Southampton’s success under Dutch coach Ronald Koeman, and therefore see former Barcelona boss Rijkaard as a sound choice.
The 52-year-old hasn’t managed since a disastrous two-year spell in Saudi Arabia ended in 2013, but with two La Ligas and a Champions League under his belt with the Blaugrana, it’s easy to see the attraction.