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Forget Silva: West Ham should replace Moyes with this 45-year-old in the summer

West Ham supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern in the last few weeks after seeing their side slip perilously close to the Premier League’s bottom three having lost four of their last five matches.

David Moyes’ men were sat tenth in the table following their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace back on January 30, but things have gone horribly wrong for the East London club in recent times with just one win to show for their last five games. And with defeats at the hands of Brighton, Liverpool, Swansea City, and Burnley in their other four clashes, the Hammers now find themselves just a place and two points clear of danger, and thus facing a battle to preserve their top-flight status in the final eight matches of the season.

Consequently, there have been many disappointed and concerned West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can arrest the slide quickly in a bid to preserve their Premier League status come May.

In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Hammers supporters to discuss, not least reports linking former Watford manager Marco Silva with taking over from David Moyes in the summer.

Yet the West Ham hierarchy should forget about a move for the Portuguese this summer, and instead do all they can to lure Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers back to the Premier League.

Clearly, the 45-year-old has done an outstanding job at the Scottish giants in leading them to the domestic treble last season, a campaign in which they went through the entirety unbeaten at domestic level, and won the division having dropped just a mere eight points.

In his time north of the border, the Northern Irishman oversaw a 69-match unbeaten run in domestic competition, while the Bhoys also earned a spot in the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group – thus, Rodgers is in the process of taking them to the next level.

Yes, many may point to the competitiveness of Scottish football, but why has nobody else managed to oversee a sensational unbeaten run during their stints at Celtic Park? Rodgers has done a sterling job and continues to do so, with further trophies likely between now and the end of the season.

So not only would Rodgers be making the move to the London Stadium off the back of huge success, but the former Liverpool and Swansea chief has experience of football in the Premier League at the aforementioned duo.

His Liverpool side were commended for their incredible attacking prowess in the 2013/14 campaign, a season which they bagged 101 times and probably should have won the league, while he took Swansea to the top-flight playing a certain style of football – it’s no surprise they have struggled since trying to move away from that.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Rodgers were they to part with Arsene Wenger at the end of the season to further underline his lofty status in the game, but also his ability to build something successful, like he has done at his previous three clubs.

Clearly, West Ham need direction and some genuine ambition to start challenging for the European spots once again – a long-term appointment is needed instead of Moyes, who has overseen a recent run of poor form to again call into question his suitability to the job.

Silva is another who is surrounded by question marks after ultimately seeing Hull go down on his watch last season and failing to get Watford out of their rut midway through the current campaign, a rut which could still see them fall out of the Premier League this term.

As such, the Hammers must forget about the Portuguese, and instead focus their attentions on luring 45-year-old Rodgers to the London Stadium.

West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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