West Ham United have distinguished Thomas Tuchel as a potential successor to the helm of the ship, with David Moyes under heavy scrutiny following a dreadful opening half of the campaign.
What’s the latest?
According to the Mail Plus, the Hammers boss will be handed a bit more time to salvage a flagging campaign, with Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton the next three Premier League opponents.
It is a run that demands results, regardless of the club’s form; with the quality of the collective squad, performance must combine with result to lift West Ham to a more respectable position.
Should this fail to be achieved, Tuchel is among a list of managers including Mauricio Pochettino and Marcelo Bielsa to be considered by the Irons hierarchy. The former is out of work since being relieved of his duties with Chelsea at the start of the current term.
To lament Moyes for the stark decline in West Ham’s fortunes feels somewhat unjust, but the collapse in form, fluidity and results has left the club adrift of the smooth waters that the upper end of the table offers, instead deep within the tumult that the threat of relegation brings.
Now with five successive defeats, the latest being a 2-0 defeat at home against London rivals Brentford, something must change, and quickly.
While owners David Sullivan and David Gold are seemingly providing a manager that lifted the club towards successive European campaigns with a platform to bring sunlight back onto the London Stadium, possibly granting him the January transfer window to rectify the wrongs, time is running out.
Should West Ham sack David Moyes?
Quite simply, with the way things are going, West Ham will very soon find themselves slipping into the dreaded drop-zone, and if there is even the infinitesimal of chances to sign Tuchel, this must be acted upon.
The 49-year-old is a proven winner, notably winning the 2020/21 Champions League with his most recent club Chelsea after assuming the role of head coach from Frank Lampard earlier in that season.
Chelsea had been run amok and were on a wayward course, but under Tuchel’s sagacious leadership, they navigated towards the greatest triumph club football can offer.
Moyes deserves plaudits for his fantastic work in taking a team shrouded in Premier League mediocrity and transforming them into a cohesive and gelled outfit that clinched two European seasons.
Speaking to talkSPORT last year, Jonathan Woodgate waxed lyrical about the 59-year-old Scot, saying: “What a job he’s done, last season going into this season.
“You look at the signings too. Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Nikola Vlasic. It’s top drawer what he’s doing.”
However, the tank is out of gas, and West Ham might be prudent to replace the machine instead of desperately pumping more fuel into a system that is now past its sell-by date.