David Moyes’ days in the West Ham United dug-out at the London Stadium look increasingly numbered. Now, reports have emerged suggesting that the Irons are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca.
The Telegraph claim that West Ham co-owner David Sullivan met with the manager and his agent, Jorge Mendes, at his Essex home after the latter duo flew in to London Luton Airport and the club are said to be unhappy that their interest in appointing the Portuguese coach has been leaked.
Fonseca is a little known figure to many in England, having spent all of his mediocre playing career in Portugal before going into coaching in his home country before travelling to Ukraine to take up the Shakhtar Donetsk job in 2016.
A centre-back as a player, the 45-year-old has secured back to back league titles in the Ukranian Premier League and performed above expectations in the Champions League this season, progressing to the knock-out stage where they were beaten by eventual semi-finalists Roma, having gone through a group including Premier League champions Manchester City and Serie A title challengers Napoli.
Fonseca was the mastermind of a famous win over Manchester City, the Citizens’ first of the season, and has continued to build a reputation after a disappointing spell at Porto saw him sacked after one season, moving to Braga where cup success caught the eye in Ukraine.
Fonseca’s teams often line-up in a 4-2-3-1 system and look to use attacking full-backs to overlap down the wings, building themselves around passing and quick attacking football. Such a style would be in stark contrast to the football on display under David Moyes and would be welcomed by most in east London.