West Ham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in recent days after seeing the Hammers thumped 4-1 at home by Liverpool on Saturday, in what turned out to be Slaven Bilic’s final game in charge.
The Croat took over the East London outfit back in 2015 and led them to a wonderful seventh place finish in his first season in charge at the club, which also coincided with their final campaign at Upton Park. However, things were much tougher last term and Bilic’s side eventually stumbled to an 11th place finish in their debut season at the London Stadium, and their lowly position in the table this time round has brought about the end of the 49-year-old, who was relieved of his duties on Monday after two-and-a-half years at the helm.
Thus, it left several of our resident West Ham fans speculating upon who the next man will be, and that has today been confirmed as former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes, although a recent report from The Daily Telegraph details an intriguing development regarding his backroom team.
And that’s because they report that the Scotsman is seeking to bring former Hammers star Stuart Pearce to the club as his assistant, 16 years after leaving he left the East London outfit as a player to join Manchester City.
The former left-back was most well-known for his time at Nottingham Forest between 1985 and 1997, although he certainly endeared himself to the West Ham faithful during his short spell there by winning the Hammer of the Year award in 2001 for his consistently impressive displays for the club.
The 55-year-old has since delved into management with City, the England Under-21s, and most recently Forest, and reports suggest that he could be about to return to the game as Moyes’ number two at the London Stadium.
And with it reported that Pearce is likely to accept the approach, several of our resident Hammers fans may be slightly more encouraged with the new set-up than they are with Moyes’ appointment.
Landlord’s verdict: Slaven Bilic was always a game or two away from the sack at West Ham, and that eventually came to pass on Monday following a 4-1 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League.
And the Hammers hierarchy have acted fast by bringing former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes to the London Stadium, but it is his potential backroom set-up which is likely to intrigue West Ham fans as Stuart Pearce is reportedly in line for the role.
The 55-year-old has been out of the game since losing his job at Nottingham Forest back in 2015 but has since dabbled in punditry, yet a return at West Ham could be exactly what Hammers supporters want to see given the overwhelmingly pessimistic response to Moyes’ appointment.
But only time will tell whether the former left-back does indeed join the Scotsman at his ex-club.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!