Following the confirmation of David Moyes’ departure as West Ham manager, several names are being thrown into the hat as possible candidates for the hot seat.
Despite guiding the club to Premier League survival, West Ham have confirmed the former Manchester United and Everton man’s departure after just six months in charge.
Moyes’ record at West Ham stood at 9 wins and 10 draws from 31 games, with his side finishing 13th in the table.
We take a look at the possible candidates in line to succeed Moyes.
Potential candidates for the West Ham hot seat
With Emery being replaced at Paris St Germain by Thomas Tuchel this summer, the Spaniard is currently one of the most sought-after managers in football.
Emery had been one of the hot candidates to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal but with former Gunner Mikel Arteta looking increasingly likely to take over at the Emirates, Emery could instead seal a move to the Premier League with West Ham.
The Shakhtar Donetsk manager continues to be linked with a move to the Premier League and could be a serious contender for the vacant West Ham seat.
The club have already reportedly held talks with Foncesa and alongside Emery, he could be formally interviewed for the position within the coming days.
Benitez came close to taking up the hot seat at West Ham three years ago when the club replaced Sam Allardyce with Slaven Bilic.
The Hammers still rate Benitez very highly but after guiding Newcastle to a 10th place finish this season, it will be hard to prise him away from St James’ Park.
Currently managing Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune, Pellegrini is said be interested in the possibility of a return to the Premier League.
Pellegrini spent three years with Manchester City before being replaced by Pep Guardiola, during which time he won the Premier League title.
However, it is believed that West Ham may choose to overlook Pellegrini in favour of a younger manager.
Ranieri looks to be an outside choice for the West Ham hot seat, but the Italian’s Premier League experience could win the West Ham board over.
Ranieri guided Leicester City to that famous Premier League title win back in 2016.
The Italian is set to leave his post as Nantes manager at the end of the season and could look for a return to Premier League management.
Oscar Garcia is another outside contender for the position, having never managed a Premier League side.
However, with a wealth of managerial experience and currently without a club, The Hammers could turn to the Spaniard who has previously managed in England with both Watford and Brighton.
Despite managing to guide Sevilla to their first-ever Champions League quarter-final, Montella was sacked by the Spanish side in April after a poor run of form in the League.
Currently without a club and having managerial experience at some of Europe’s top sides, West Ham could turn their attention to Montella should they fail to lure one of their top choices.
After guiding Burnley to an astonishing seventh place finish in the Premier League and a Europa League spot, it would take a lot to prise the Englishman away from the club.
However, Dyche is said to be one of The Hammers’ first choices to succeed Moyes.
David Wagner is being highly sought-after by a number of top European sides this summer after guiding Huddersfield Town to Premier League survival.
The West Ham board are said to have a lot of admiration for the German and it would not come as too much of a surprise were the club to make a move for him.
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