The Everton blueprint of consistent European finishes David Moyes created at Goodison Park is sure to be attractive to West Ham’s co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, though a lack of silverware is a sticking point for the Scot.
Clearly the Davids have no need to start interviewing just now, still the clamour for the pair to give the unfashionable Sam Allardyce the boot will not die down as a highly-promising season appears in danger of petering out.
The market on bwin.com for the next permanent West Ham manager is a lively one as a result and it is former Manchester United boss Moyes who finds himself at the sharp end of it.
The Scottish tactician is priced as the 4/1 favourite to succeed Big Sam, ahead of other leading frontrunners Slaven Bilic and Harry Redknapp, both of whom have strong links to the Irons from days gone by.
Although Moyes’ ill-fated Man Utd tenure could be seen as a millstone around his neck, Spanish side Real Sociedad didn’t hold such reservations and so far in difficult circumstances he’s performing quite admirably in his first managerial stint on foreign shores.
A mid-table position in La Liga isn’t overly inspiring, but the Scot has won fans around by orchestrating victories over Barcelona, Real Madrid and champions Atletico Madrid since taking up the reigns.
Operating on a shoestring compared to these La Liga titans, the club had already kissed goodbye to star players Antoine Griezmann and Asier Illarramendi in the 18 months prior to Moyes’ arrival.
The British boss has also seen his most potent striker Carlos Vela ruled out from January until April while being denied a number of winter transfer targets by the club’s owners – an issue which could yet pave the way for an opportune exit.
With the prospect of West Ham taking up residency in the Olympic Stadium from the summer of 2016 and a few doubters he’d probably like to prove wrong in England, could they be a match made in heaven?
The bwin.com market certainly thinks so.