As the end of the season has edged closer and closer, the future of West Ham boss David Moyes has become less and less clear.
The Scot has at times looked nailed-on to get the Hammers job on a long-term basis, but cracks have begun to show and his future is now all but certain.
While Moyes has come in to do the job he was hired for – to keep the club in the Premier League – many fans have taken an issue with the way he has gone about that.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Moyes’ future at the London Stadium has been thrown into doubt after he declared his ambition to manage a top-eight side next season.
The Scot is quoted as saying: “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.
“I need to see if West Ham are going to get there. I don’t want to be a manager who celebrates avoiding relegation. Getting into Europe would be something to celebrate. I wouldn’t want to run round waving to supporters because we’ve avoided relegation.”
The newspaper further claim that former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been put forward as a potential successor to Moyes, with the Chilean currently managing Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese Super League.
And, if this report is true, then the Hammers must bin Moyes immediately and move to make Pellegrini their next boss this summer.
The 64-year-old represents a big step up in quality having won the Premier League in 2014 with City, and the Chilean would be welcomed on the terraces, unlike Moyes.
His experience stretches much further than that though with an unsuccessful stint at Real Madrid followed by a fruitful few years with Malaga, who he led to the Champions League quarter-finals.
In the process of leading City to the League and League Cup double, Pellegrini’s men scored 151 goals in all competitions that season, and that kind of goalscoring prowess would be much-welcomed at the London Stadium.
If Pellegrini is interested in taking the job then this is a no-brainer for the West Ham board, who are aware of Moyes’ unpopularity among fans, and they must pull out all the stops to make it happen.