The Telegraph have reported that West Ham have made further steps towards appointing David Moyes as Sam Allardyce’s successor at the Boleyn Ground.
Having made the former Everton manager their number one target for the role in February, the Irons are now understood to have informed him that “he is first choice to lead the club into the Olympic Stadium.”
Tony Henry, Moyes’ scout at Everton has already been employed to draw up a list of targets ahead of the summer and reports directly to owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
The club hope that their show of faith will convince the apple of their eyes to invoke a clause in his Real Sociedad contract that allows him to speak to Premier League clubs this summer.
But just why do West Ham have such an unseemly desire to recruit the man who currently shares 3/1 favouritism to be their next manager with Gus Poyet?
His Everton tenure, on which it can only be assumed he is being solely judged, was founded upon the two P’s of pragmatism and parsimony.
Under Moyes, the Toffees’ risk-averse playing style was at once the reason for their success and the reason they never became more successful.
Rock-solid home form was countered by the millstone of a limited-ambition away philosophy, which saw them all too often yielding points through a lack of faith in their own ability to dominate games.
So different was the Scot’s preferred modus operandi from what they had come to expect in his next role at Old Trafford, that the way he wanted Robin van Persie and friends to play was met with widespread consternation from the playing staff.
If hearing Allardyce pilloried by the Irons faithful over football unbefitting of the notoriously elusive ‘West Ham way’ was a deciding factor in the club’s decision to oust him what makes them think Moyesian fare will be so different?
Perhaps his admirable ability to maintain a strong side, despite regularly having to sell his best players while at Goodison Park is what so enamours him to Gold and Sullivan?
In this respect the Scot’s record is arguably stronger than Allardyce, who has never seen his players sold on for the kind of profits the Toffees made on the likes of Joleon Lescott and Jack Rodwell during his career.
Yet, with the money-spinning move to the Olympic Stadium near and a lengthy list of summer targets, including £8m-rated Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang, already compiled, is a talent for parsimony really the primary consideration?
The Irons seem hell-bent on hounding out a manager who earned them promotion, and kept them in the Premier League without a great deal of investment, before setting about inculcating a more pleasing playing style this season.
Whatever their reasons for doing so, replacing him with a manager who has yet to prove he offers anything different hardly seems in keeping with the kind of ambition the club should be showing as they approach what could be a bright new dawn.