Eddie Howe and David Moyes are thought to be leading contenders for the West Ham United job should Manuel Pellegrini be sacked, according to a report from the London Evening Standard.
Pellegrini is coming under increasing pressure as the Hammers slide closer to the bottom three. The 1-0 win over Chelsea brought some respite, but two defeats since then has seemingly left the Chilean fighting to save his job.
The London Evening Standard reports that the Hammers hierarchy are reluctant to sack Pellegrini midway through the season. However, they are said to be losing faith in the manager. And it does appear that they are considering potential replacements if a change is made.
According to the report, Howe and Moyes are leading contenders for the post.
It does appear that Pellegrini is going to struggle to keep his job if the Irons lose to Southampton at the weekend. The Saints are also in the relegation mix. And Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men will jump ahead of the Hammers with a win.
Howe is an interesting candidate. There is no doubt that he has done a brilliant job at the Vitality Stadium. But the Cherries are only above the Irons on goal difference.
It looks inevitable that Howe will get the chance to prove himself elsewhere at some stage. But you could understand why various fans believe that a move is unlikely for a variety of reasons.