West Ham have binned former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini from their shortlist as they search for a new boss this week, according to The Sun.
The newspaper report that David Moyes is highly unlikely to continue as Hammers manager following the expiration of his contract this week, with the Scot yet to be offered an extension.
The Sun claim that the Irons will however pass up the opportunity to hire Pellegrini, 64, who is keen on a return to the Premier League, and reveal that the club are looking for a “young and dynamic coach.”
The Chilean won the Premier League title in 2014 with City, also leading them to the League Cup that year.
It is surprising to hear that West Ham are to pass up the opportunity to hire Pellegrini. While the desire for a young, dynamic coach is understandable, there is no denying Pellegrini’s pedigree, and he would be a brilliant appointment for the club. The Chilean is currently managing in China with Hebei China Fortune, but is known to be eyeing a move back to England, so now looks a perfect time for the Hammers to swoop. Other candidates said to be in the frame include former PSG boss Unai Emery, and Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca, both of whom would seemingly fit the ‘young and dynamic’ criteria. The identity of the club’s next boss is still up in the air, but one thing that is certain is the hierarchy must get this appointment right. The wrong choice could see more fan trouble erupt next season and bring more dark days to the club after a disappointing season.