What next for the Irons
So we take on a managerless Arsenal team who are on a poor run of form, who are weak at the back and we play them with one striker. We take the lead just before half-time in a very lack lustre first half and then, playing probably the worst Arsenal team I have seen who were clearly there for the taking and manage to lose 3-1. We all joke that if you are on a bad run, haven't scored for some time, haven't won away games for a number of matches or are having a run of conceding goals, then the team you want to see next on the fixture list is West Ham. However, this season, that is so true. Everton, Tottenham, Burnley, Newcastle and now Arsenal. Ralph Hasenhüttl must be licking his lips in anticipation of us visiting the Saints on Saturday for the evening Sky game. It's great seeing us humiliated on national TV.
There are clearly major problems at West Ham and fingers can be pointed at the Board, the Manager, the Players and, as one site has indicated, the fans. Whoever is to blame there is no way that the current board will leave, player power alway wins out and as for the fans, what a stupid suggestion that was. Alas, whenever a team is in the situation we currently are then the axe inevitably falls on the manager and it does look as if Pellegrinis' days do seem numbered. It's a matter of when and not if. A defeat at St Marys on Saturday could see the end of his reign and rumours are this is what has been said to Pellegrini. However, if the board has doubts then they should act now and not wait.
So if the manager is sacked, according to TalkSport, the front runners are as follows. I have also added my views on these possible appointees.
Rafael Benitez – 5/4
May be a little old school for some and I did sit in that camp. However, after listening to his comments in the studio after the Arsenal game I've changed my mind and he may be the answer. The main trouble is his contract buy out clause, reported to be £20m
Eddie Howe -2/1
Seems to be everyones favourites and if reports are true the board want him and he wants to come. Also in the last year of his contract so may come cheap, something which will have our board drooling. However, I'm not convinced, He is on a bad run himself at the moment and as only seen success at Bournemouth and the one time he ventured away from the south coast he was hardly a success at Burnley (39.1% win rate)
David Moyes – 5/1
Unlucky to get the sack when in temporary charge after the sacking of Bilic. He sorted out our defence and got us playing some decent football. However, not everyone's cup of tea and would be come back again?
Chris Hughton – 6/1
Renowned for playing very one dimensional football (see negative). A nice guy, which is what we don't need at the moment
Lee Bowyer – 10/1
Probably more the sentimental vote being an ex-West Ham player and a West Ham supporter. However, with his club Charlton currently in 17th place in the Championship he is hardly pulling up trees. Maybe one for the future.
Sean Dyche – 14/1
Dyche has a no nonsense approach which may rub some of our so called superstars up the wrong way but to be honest, thats what they need. However, despite rumours that he was interested in the role I would surprised if he would leave Burnley where he is well admired by their fans.
Martin O’Neill – 20/1
Rumoured to be taking charge of the Irons back in 2010 but dropped out of the running when the story was leaked. Has been out of work since being sacked at Nottingham Forest this summer so would come cheap. However, maybe seen by some that his best days are well behind him.
Chris Wilder – 22/1
Wilder is certainly working wonders at his hometown club of Sheffield United and would certainly be an interesting appointment. However, it is likely that the Blades would fight tooth and nail to keep him and would he want to leave what must be his dream role.
Mauricio Pochettino – 25/1
An ex-Spurs manager at West Ham, really! Despite his lack of trophies as a manager, he is a well respected and sort after manager. Very unlikely to be on our wavelength. Can't see it happening
Niko Kovac – 25/1
If you want to get the best out of Sebastien Haller, this is the man. He coached Haller at Eintracht Frankfurt. However, he was allegedly at the London Stadium last night looking in on Arsenal. After this game I would imagine he will be setting his sights elsewhere and that applies to both clubs.
So what do I expect to happen. My preferred choice would be Sean Dyche, uncompromising and will certainly get us more organised. My expectation, Chris Hughton because he is cheap. The likely outcome, stick with Pellegrini as it will cost too much to get rid of him.