West Ham could have a dramatic say on the outcome of 2013/14 Premier League with a 27/2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad, but – according to a raft of reports – manager Sam Allardyce may not be around east London to celebrate what would be an historic victory for very long.
Irons fans have been calling for the Dudley native to be sacked for some months now – despite his achievements in keeping the club in the top flight for the second season on the bounce – and co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are rumoured to be ready to pull the trigger.
Here’s a few colourful characters the Davids could be lining up to replace ‘Big Sam’ in what will surely prove to be a very hot seat:
QPR’s current boss may not be the most popular choice amongst the Irons faithful, especially after his four-year association with their hated rivals Spurs, but he did lead them to fifth place in 1998/99, which was their second-highest ever top-flight finish.
Failure in the Championship play-offs with the R’s could see Redknapp out on his ear and the 67-year-old has shown in the past – when re-joining Portsmouth after a spell at Southampton – that he’s not afraid to go back and face the music.
Another former Upton Park chief under pressure in his current post, Pardew also has a Premier League fifth-place finish to his name, having led Newcastle above Chelsea just two seasons ago and the Geordies are guaranteed another top-half berth this term.
Paolo Di Canio
Despite his dreadful tenure in charge of Sunderland, who sacked the firebrand Italian after they had secured just a point from the first five fixtures of this season, support for Di Canio would be found in certain areas of the Boleyn Ground.
The self-proclaimed Fascist became a firm favourite at West Ham during a four-season spell in the capital between 1999-2003 and he has insisted since leaving the Stadium of Light that managing his old club is his ‘destiny’.
The Burnley chief will be a Premier League boss next season after guiding the Clarets to second place in the Championship and automatic promotion.
Dyche’s managerial stock has soared as a result, but the man they call ‘The Ginger Mourinho’ has an association with another of West Ham’s hated capital rivals – having spent three years as a player at Millwall – and that could preclude him from taking over at Upton Park.
Few people in football believe Mackay was granted a fair crack of the whip at Cardiff under eccentric owner Vincent Tan, who sacked the Scot after he led the Bluebirds to the Premier League for the first time and was making a decent fist of keeping them up.
Mackay made 18 appearances for West Ham during a season in east London ten years ago, scoring twice.