West Ham 0-6 Arsenal: Five candidates who could replace David Moyes at West Ham
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It was a humiliating afternoon in Stratford for anyone wearing light blue and claret with Arsenal putting six goals past the Hammers defence. William Saliba kicked off the Gunners' party after 32 minutes before Bukayo Saka was awarded a penalty following a foul from Hammers' goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. Both Gabriel and Leandro Trossard then added further insult to injury and the end of the first-half was 4-0.
Brutality would still continue, however, with Saka able to find the back of the net again and, as if West Ham needed any further misery, it was the ex-Hammers skipper Declan Rice who put the final nail in the coffin to score the Gunners' sixth and final goal.
The London Stadium club now sit eighth in the Premier League with increasing pressure building on the Scottish manager. Their last win was away at the Emirates on 28 December and they have since crashed out of the FA Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Bristol City as well as drawing three and losing two of their most recent Premier League fixtures.
With the bookies now placing 60-year-old David Moyes at serious risk of being removed from his duties. The latest reports from Football365 have put Moyes behind just Roy Hodgson and Mauricio Pochettino in the race to be sacked. As Moyes awaits his fate, here are some of the candidates that could be in line to replace him, according to Football Insider and Paddy Power...
Former Brighton manager Graham Potter has been out of action since he was sacked by Chelsea in April 2023. The 48-year-old had been rising high on the lists for Roy Hodgson's replacement at Crystal Palace but a job at the London Stadium could be a much more appealing offer.
The former left-back enjoyed a tremendous three-year spell as manager of the Seagulls, leading them to their previously best-ever points tally by the end of the 2021/22 season. He was the first Brighton manager to win a Old Trafford and the Seagulls finished he season in ninth place and with points. Potter was then pinched by Chelsea but after driving them to eleventh place in the league, he was sacked just six months after taking over.
Potter's record at Chelsea, however, is not so dissimilar to Mauricio Pochettino's current form and few are arguing the Argentinian is a bad manager.
39-year-old Amorim has never managed outside of Portugal, despite being linked previously with the likes of London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham as well as Liverpool over the past year. It seems as if the former Portuguese international is destined for a role within the Premier League and the potentially soon-to-be-vacant role at West Ham could offer the perfect opportunity.
Amorim is known for his communication skills as a manager as well as his tactical knowledge and flexibility. Amorim's former Braga colleague, Paulo Meneses, said of the manager: "His playing style is very pragmatic. He is a studious coach with the capacity for work and a lot of intuition. He is contagious with his will to win and with the conviction that only with hard work from everyone this is possible."
The Lille head coach has also been linked with a potential move across the channel. The Portuguese former centre-back has enjoyed several successful spells Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Roma and has previously been linked with joining West Ham rivals, Newcastle and Aston Villa.
The 50-year-old guided the Ligue 1 side to a fifth-place finish during his first campaign there and they are once again enjoying their fifth-placed stance in 2023/24. He is an attack-minded coach and would likely employ a 4-2-3-1 system if he were to jump ship to the London Stadium. However, it remains to be seen whether West Ham would be able to buy him out of his current Lille contract which currently runs until the end of this season.
The Bayer Leverkusen manager was previously linked with the Hammers job back in November but recent reports have since shifted with the 42-year-old being heavily-linked with the upcoming role at Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp announced he would be stepping down as the Reds boss at the end of the season and Alonso, who spent five years a Anfield as a player, is a hot favourite to replace him. The ex-midfielder managed just Real Sociedad B before heading to the Bundesliga where, in the first 13 games of Leverkusen's season they went unbeaten with only Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich drawing with them.
The ex-Real Madrid star had been 5/1 to take over West Ham back in November, but a self-declared Liverpool fan, it seems unlikely Alonso will take the reigns at the London Stadium if he knows he can head back to the Merseyside club.
Still has risen to viral fame following a near miraculous season with Reims in Ligue 1 last season. He was previously close to joining Sunderland last year with a move to West Ham therefore representing a huge step-up.
The Belgian manager is only 31 and was previously fined €25,000 for every match he managed Reims during to him not holding a UEFA Pro Licence. Gaining most of his managerial experience from Football Manager and Championship Manager video games, he began his career as the assistant of the U14 Preston North End side and hit the headlines after leading the Ligue 1 side to a 14-game unbeaten streak, including two draws against PSG.