Daily Mail windbag and West Ham fan Martin Samuel truly believes his beloved club’s eyes aren’t nearly as big as their belly if they think Real Sociedad boss David Moyes should take over from dead-man-walking manager Sam Allardyce this summer.
Moyes is 3/1 favourite for the Irons hotseat, with former fans’ favourite Slaven Bilic just behind him in the betting at 4/1, but Samuel has stated that co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan must aim higher in his latest column:
“Moyes is a good manager — but with the move to the Olympic Stadium just one full season away, are the board thinking big enough?
“Beyond the elite, managing West Ham should be one of the most appealing projects in the European game right now. Here is an opportunity to take a club with a significant fan-base and history to an iconic, 58,000-capacity destination stadium and reach for the sky.”
Mmm…so who would you go for Martin?
“Jurgen Klopp, coach of Borussia Dortmund, appears to be nearing journey’s end in the Bundesliga… It might be over-ambitious, it might go no further than one exploratory telephone call and a splutter of mocking laughter; but isn’t it worth making that call, just in case?”
Probably not, especially if the Westfalenstadion hotline has caller ID. It would be awfully embarrassing if they just didn’t bother picking up.
The black and yellow boys at bwin.com agree, pricing up Klopp at 40/1 to be the next West Ham boss, but they clearly have higher hopes for the three up-and-coming coaches listed below.
Unai Emery @ 25/1
It’s fair to assume the former Real Sociedad midfielder has taken Sevilla about as far as they can go, after winning the Europa League and finishing fifth in the Spanish top flight last term.
Emery’s two summers in charge at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium have both seen Sevilla lose their star players; Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Geoffrey Kondogbia were sacrificed to keep the club afloat in 2013, then Ivan Rakitic was sold to Barcelona at the end of last term.
Los Nervionenses are in fifth and unlikely to make La Liga’s top four ahead of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Atletico Madrid this season, so now could be the time to pounce for the 43-year-old.
Leonardo Jardim @ 33/1
Arsenal’s Champions League conqueror has only been at Monaco since the start of term, but he can’t be planning to stay around for very long.
The principality’s relatively miniscule 18,480 stadium means they’re a Financial Fair Play disaster waiting to happen, which was highlighted by the hurried departures of Colombian pair James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao from Stade Louis II last summer.
With that in mind, Jardim and West Ham could be a match made in heaven.
Dieter Hecking @ 33/1
Hiring the manager of the side set to chase home FC Bayern Munchen in the Bundesliga this term would surely be seen as a statement of intent by the Irons.
Hecking has had plenty of cash at his disposal since taking over at Volkswagen Arena just over two years ago, picking up the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Luis Gustavo and Andre Schurrle for the best part of £60m, but West Ham shelled out over £25m net last summer, so he could be tempted by a switch to east London.