The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern remain extremely concerned by the prospect of relegation this season, and many are beginning to question whether David Moyes is the right man to lead the club forward.
With just 3 fixtures remaining this season West Ham sit 3 points clear of the relegation zone with Manchester United still to play. It’s squeaky-bum time for David Moyes who’s reputation as a Premier League manager is hanging by a thread.
The Scotsman has certainly steadied the ship and brought the best out of a handful of West Ham players this season, albeit in sporadic bursts rather than on a consistent basis. West Ham are a club who are crying out for stability, but the jury is out on whether Moyes is the man who can lead them into a period of certainty and success.
That will be a decision for West Ham’s hierarchy to ponder over this summer, and if they ultimately decide to part company with Moyes they should strongly consider making a move for Claudio Ranieri, providing they remain in the top-flight of course. The Italian manager who notoriously led Leicester City to the most unlikely of title-victories in the 2015/16 season is currently in charge of Ligue 1 outfit Nantes who have recently slipped into 10th place in the league.
However, his relationship with the club has become strained in recent weeks and the friction culminated recently when Ranieri was described as “unprofessional” by the club’s president according to the Leicester Mercury. Ranieri responded by implying that that the president is free to sack him whenever he likes, and the toxic relationship between the two suggests he could be tempted by a return to the Premier League next season.
Although the Hammers faithful couldn’t expect him to work another title-winning miracle with the club, his experience and success in English football should hold him in good stead to install the desired solidity into the East London club. Moyes will feel he deserves to continue at West Ham if he leads the club to survival this season, but the fact they remain within a relegation battle at this stage of the season will concern the hierarchy who harbour ambitions of qualifying for Europe next season.
With that in mind, West Ham should do everything they can to bring Ranieri to the London Stadium this summer in the event of Moyes’ departure.
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