West Ham could sack Manuel Pellegrini “very soon” and are eyeing up former player Freddie Ljungberg as a potential replacement, according to Guardian journalist Jacob Steinberg.
The reporter claimed via his personal Twitter account on Friday that while the ship might have sailed for West Ham after it was confirmed that Ljungberg, 42, had been made Arsenal’s interim manager amid Unai Emery’s sacking, the Hammers are continuing to monitor the ex-Sweden winger.
It is understood that Ljungberg wants the full-time job at the Emirates and by the time that West Ham eventually sack Pellegrini, it might be too late for them to appoint the rookie manager as his replacement.
As an aside I’ve heard that West Ham, who could sack Pellegrini v soon, will be monitoring Ljungberg’s situation. Obviously he’ll want to get the Arsenal job full time and ship have sailed for West Ham by time they’re looking for a new manager #whufc
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) November 29, 2019
Ljungberg was definitely not an obvious contender for the job at West Ham. He’s a completely unknown entity and this interim job he has landed at Arsenal is his first in first-team management. Ljungberg has managed the Gunners’ Under-15s and Under-23s while at one stage he was the assistant manager at Wolfsburg in Germany, but that is it in regards to the Swede’s post-playing career. It would definitely be a risk by West Ham if they went for Ljungberg but the so-called safe options have hardly worked out for them in recent years with Sam Allardyce, David Moyes and Pellegrini not doing the best of jobs. It could well be impossible for the Irons to get Ljungberg now anyway. If the Gunners do well in the coming weeks then there’s no doubt that the Swede’s chance of getting the permanent job at the Emirates will increase. If he doesn’t do well, then why would West Ham want him?