And while ‘Mr. West Ham’ would certainly be a popular choice in the years to come, it’s another midfielder who has worn the claret and blue shirt in recent years who could well take up Manuel Pellegrini’s mantle in the future.
Yes, Jack Collison. The former Welsh international announced via the club’s official website earlier this week that he is leaving his role as an academy coach with the club to take up a post as a coach at Major League Soccer side Atlanta United.
In his announcement on the website, though, Collison did reveal one of his big hopes for the future, saying: “I still dream of one day managing West Ham United at London Stadium.”
Obviously he is early on in his coaching journey, but there’s no doubt that he would be warmly embraced by the Hammers faithful were he to return to east London as manager having earned his stripes elsewhere.
That is clearly what he is attempting to do with this move to the United States, something which should put him in good stead to earn a managerial role somewhere in the near future.
There will certainly be many West Ham fans, having watched Collison play and heard about the quality of his coaching, who are dearly hoping that his premonition comes true one day.
This is all a long way off in the future, of course, but it’s always nice to have former players managing the club, especially if they have enjoyed a coaching stint with the team, as Collison has done.
So let’s all wish the 30-year-old well with his new role in America and hope that he does return to the London Stadium in some capacity in the future.