West Ham United will add the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel to their managerial shortlist should the club’s hierarchy call time on David Moyes’ reign in the dugout.
That is according to transfer insider Dean Jones, who believes that West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan would make a play for league-winning managers Pochettino and Tuchel if Moyes were to be sacked.
What’s the word?
The journalist believes that it would be a mistake by the Irons’ hierarchy if they do not at least hold discussions with the illustrious pair, should the east London club dispense with Moyes.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “Pochettino would probably be on their list. Tuchel would probably be on that list as well. They would have to be managers that you at least sound out for that position.”
A big upgrade
Despite Moyes’ success in making West Ham consistent European challengers, there is plenty of doubt surrounding the 59-year-old’s job security amidst the Hammers’ vulnerable position near the Premier League relegation zone.
They are just a point above the dreaded drop zone, and the data behind their campaign so far suggests that improvement in the second half of the season will be a tough ask.
West Ham are the fourth-lowest scorers in the Premier League having bagged just 12 goals. There is no sign that this with improve either, with Moyes’ side hampered creatively, their tally of 14 big chances created the joint-lowest in the division.
Going into the second half of the season, it is just the attacking elements which are below-par, an aspect where both Pochettino and Tuchel thrive, with their mutual ability to create overloads in the final third a key factor to their success over the years.
Both managers in question would serve as an upgrade on Moyes on paper, although it remains to be seen as to whether either coach would want to take on a club in such a precarious position.