Thursday, May 14

Will West Ham end up with a B-list manager?

The Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard have printed stories saying that Big Sam will turn down a new contract even if one is offered to him. Hard to blame him as there's been a deafening silence over his future from the board and a constant stream of rumour about West Ham approaching big name managers. The worry is that, being West Ham, we have no manager for much of the summer and end up appointing a B-list gaffer in desperation (remember the wait before Glenn Roeder arrived?).

The list of targets has always seemed unrealistic: Jurgen Klopp and Rafa Benitez were never going to come and David Moyes and Steve McLaren have both publicly committed themselves to their current clubs (and would they have been an upgrade?). Promising young coaches like Gary Monk and Eddie Howe and likely to stay where they are. Tim Sherwood is prospering at Villa. Slaven Bilic would be popular but is unproven in the Premier League. Which leaves us with the likes of Gus Poyet and an ageing Harry Redknapp on the jobs market. Let's hope the board have a master plan in place.

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