West Ham United will ask Steve Potts and Kevin Keen to take temporary charge of the club next week if they lose against Southampton, according to a report from Football Insider.
Current manager Manuel Pellegrini is thought to be under pressure and a defeat against the Saints could seal his fate.
It has been an extremely tough period for West Ham recently and they have suffered seven defeats in their last nine Premier League outings, winning just once (Transfermarkt).
According to Football Insider, the Hammers will make a change in the dugout if they fall to another defeat at St. Mary’s and will look to Under-23s coach Potts and Under-18s coach Keen to take caretaker charge.
The fact that the Hammers are considering appointing caretaker managers suggests that the board do not have someone already lined up to replace Pellegrini.
Many names have been linked with the job recently such as Eddie Howe and David Moyes (Evening Standard), but if the report is to believed it seems that none of them have yet held advanced talks to take the job.
That could indicate that the club’s hierarchy aren’t yet decided on who they would want to bring in, which could be a worry for Hammers fans.
If they are to let Pellegrini go, then they should have one or two targets in mind. Otherwise, there could be a chaotic few weeks in store for the east London club as they search for a successor and with games coming thick and fast over the festive period that could be costly.
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