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If West Ham are to part with Moyes this summer, they must replace him with this 53-year-old

West Ham supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Premier League courtesy of a 2-0 success over Watford on Saturday.

David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the Hornets off the back of losing 3-1 at Brighton in their previous league outing, a result which brought to an end their six-match unbeaten streak in the division. Yet the Hammers secured a crucial three points at the London Stadium on Saturday as goals either side of half time from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic sealed a routine victory for the East London outfit, who moved level on points with Javi Gracia’s Watford in the Premier League table.

Thus, there have been many jubilant West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their win on Saturday can kickstart a run of form which will move them away from the relegation zone for good.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Hammers supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that manager Moyes is ‘unlikely’ to be in charge come the start of next season.

And if the West Ham hierarchy do indeed decide against giving the former Everton and Manchester United boss a long-term deal, they must seek to appoint current Zenit St Petersburg chief Roberto Mancini as their new manager.

The 53-year-old took over at the Russian Premier League side back in June 2017 but has often been linked with the Hammers job in recent times, not least following the sacking of Slaven Bilic back in November before Moyes was given the job until the end of the season.

And based on his experiences in both English and European football to date, the former Manchester City boss could be the sort of big name the West Ham board look to appoint in their bid to move to the next level in the London Stadium.

Ultimately, it was Mancini who finally delivered the Premier League title to City back in 2012 for the first time in the club’s history – this after fifth and third places finishes for a club who desperately sought to muscle in and challenge the country’s best sides.

Thus, there was a significant amount of pressure on Mancini’s shoulders given the amount of money that was being pumped into the club to go on and deliver a title, and he responded to that pressure by clinching the title with the last kick of the season against Queens Park Rangers in what is often dubbed as one of the greatest ever climaxes to a Premier League campaign.

Add in an FA Cup crown a year previous as well as success in the Community Shield in 2012, and the 53-year-old would also bring trophy-winning pedigree to the Hammers, adding to various silverware accumulated in stints in charge of Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan, and Galatasaray.

More importantly perhaps for the West Ham board, appointing Mancini would represent a huge coup, as he is the sort of big-time manager the Hammers are likely after in a bid to turn their move to the London Stadium into a European adventure.

Titles in England and indeed in Italy are extremely difficult and only top bosses are able to do that – Mancini won three successive Serie A titles in charge of Inter between 2005 and 2008, before opening the door for City to build their dynasty back in 2012.

The fact he has repeatedly been linked with the West Ham job in recent times suggests he is someone the board are keen on luring to the London Stadium, and based on his previous success and experience in England, alongside his status as a big-time manager, they must do all they can to bring him to the club should they part with Moyes in the summer.

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

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