With reports surfacing that Napoli boss Rafael Benitez is top of the West Ham shortlist to replace Sam Allardyce, bwin have shortened the Spaniard’s price to take over at Upton Park into 4/5.
Such a managerial move is sure to enthral the Hammers faithful, who have been dead against the supposed small-time, anti-football mindset of Big Sam since his first day on the job.
The former Liverpool chief’s CV renders him very much over-qualified for a job at a mid-table Premier League club, regardless of however lofty their ambitions may be, so convincing him to sign on in east London will represent something of a coup in itself.
But what happens when the game’s mega managers settle for a smaller club?
The degrees of success vary, but some results lend favour to West Ham’s decision to pursue Benitez.
Louis van Gaal
The current Manchester United manager returned to AZ Alkmaar, the outfit with whom he ended his playing career, in July 2005, two years after leaving Barcelona for the second time.
His 57.95 win percentage recorded with the Eredivisie outfit is the third-highest of his career and he rounded off his tenure by delivering a second Dutch title in the club’s history.
Manchester City lured the Chilean to England from Malaga, where he’d been punching below his weight for almost three seasons after being released from Real Madrid.
He never won anything with the cash-strapped Andalusian outfit, but two stoppage-time concessions against Borussia Dortmund prevented them from reaching the 2012/13 Champions League semi-finals.
After managing Milan, Juventus, Inter, FC Bayern Munchen (twice), Fiorentina, Benfica and the Italian national team, G-Trap had a go at manning the Republic of Ireland rudder.
The Emerald Islanders hadn’t qualified for an international tournament since 2002 prior to his 2008 appointment.
This barren spell was elongated by an outrageous bit of cheating from Thierry Henry in the World Cup 2010 play-offs as Ireland were knocked out by France, but was halted two years later, with Eire booking a spot at Euro 2012.
Sven Goran Eriksson
In the aftermath of his departure from Manchester City, the Swede tried his hand at a host of bizarre jobs, one of which was at Leicester spanning two seasons between 2010 and 2011.
He steered the club from the relegation zone to a tenth-place finish in the Championship in his first campaign, but left after 13 games of his second with the club loitering in 13th position after a summer of heavy investment.