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Pellegrini put forward as Moyes successor

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Manuel Pellegrini has been put forward as a potential successor to David Moyes at West Ham as uncertainty surrounding the Scot’s future grows, according to the Daily Mail. 

The newspaper report that Moyes’ position as Hammers boss looks increasingly tenuous after he revealed he is expecting job offers this summer and claimed he wants to manage a top-eight side.

The Mail claim that Chilean coach Pellegrini, who won the Premier League title with Manchester City in 2014, has now been touted as a possible option to replace Moyes.

As quoted by the Mail, Moyes has also revealed he turned down an offer from another top-flight side this season, saying: “I could have joined a Premier League club during the season here when I was West Ham manager. I chose not to. But I’ve got other things if it’s not renewed. It’s not a problem.

“I want to be a manager pushing the top six or eight. You need the tools for that. I’ve been right for a few clubs and I think I’d be right for many clubs.”

OPINION

At several points this season it had looked like Moyes’ position as Irons boss was unquestionable, with the Scot bringing with him a marked improvement in play and results. However, those periods were always followed by alarming dips in form that saw the Hammers plunged back into the relegation fight until their win over Leicester at the weekend. It has also become quite clear that Moyes is not the most popular man on the terraces at the London Stadium, and that seems to be the main issue that the club have with the boss at the moment. It will certainly be interesting to see how talks play out between the two parties, and if Moyes does leave, who is brought in as a replacement. At first glance Pellegrini would be a fantastic choice, with the Chilean having experience of winning the Premier League with Manchester City. That kind of winning mentality will be essential if the Hammers want to climb the table next season. 

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