It’s not often that the term hot seat can be so poignant but at West Ham the seat can definitely overheat as nobody seems able to stay seated there for too long. With West Ham going through as many managers as Chelsea but under different circumstances the question is who would be the man able to do the job required at Upton Park and stabilise the club and gain them promotion back to the Premiership.
With West Ham’s financial troubles they will not be looking to pay off a club to take a manager away from a club, so will be looking at the managers that are currently out of work and with many good managers still free to talk to, who will in the end be interested it taking the job?
Paulo Sousa was at Swansea where he had a 36.7% win percentage and then was at Leicester City where he had a 33.3% win percentage. He is currently at Hungarian champions Videoton FC, but be may be to open to talks with West Ham if the possibility did arise. He may not have as much experience as other managers but he has done a good job and and worked in the Championship, he could work out well for West Ham.
Steve McLaren may feel that this job is beneath him after managing England and European clubs FC Twente and Wolfsburg, but it would rebuild his reputation in England if he was able to lead West Ham back into the Premiership so it could work in his favour if he wanted to get a better job in England in the future. He was a real success at FC Twente leading them to the Dutch Championship and into the Champions league having a 63.37% win percentage, but when he left for Wolfsburg he was unable to recreate that and only had a 23.81% win percentage. He wasn’t in charge of Wolfsburg for long, but while he was there they slumped to relegation form. This could be a risk for both parties.
David O’Leary has a lot of experience but maybe didn’t have the best win percentage at Aston Villa only having 25.58% but at Al-Ahli he did much better with 42.66%. O’Leary would want to have a guarantee that he would be left to run the team how he see’s fit, but at West Ham you can not guarantee anything. O’Leary has been known in the past not to see eye to eye with the people above him, and this may be a reason why he is not interested in the job or why they would not be interested in him.
Roberto Di Matteo had done a good job at West Brom getting them into the Premiership, but was let go when it looked like West Brom were in trouble. He has the experience of getting a team into the Premiership, and that experience is essential for West Ham who are going to be looking to get back straight away and not wait a year or two. He had a 49.43% win percentage at West Brom which is not bad at all .
Alan Curbishley has not been back in management since his time at West Ham came to an end where he had a 40.85% win percentage at West Ham. He left West Ham when he felt that players were sold with out his permission, something he had in his contract that he the one to oversee transfer dealing for the club. “I very much enjoyed my time at West Ham and never wanted to leave, but on joining the club I insisted that my contract contained a clause confirming that I would have final say on the selection of players to be transferred to and from the club.” He brought in key player for West Ham most notably Scott Parker and had led them to a top 10 finish. He twice led Charlton Athletic to promotion, but would he be able to work with the current set up ate West Ham?
Sam Allardyce did well at Bolton and wasn’t given a fair whack at the whip while at Newcastle as the fans never took to his style of play. At Newcastle they like to attack, but that is where Newcastle’s problem lay. They attack, but don’t defend. The only reason they did not concede as many goals as they did was Shay Given and when he left Steve Harper. Allardyce was trying to implement a strong defensive style to build from the back, but that takes time and that is not what he was given, during his time there he had a 33.33% win percentage. After Newcastle he took over at Blackburn and was doing well there before he was sacked for no real reason. He had a 35.56% win percentage and Blackburn was doing well. Again he built a strong defence and looked to build on that, and had more time and it was starting to work, but he was hired before it reached fruition. And that may be a problem at West Ham revolving manager door, as they don’t seem to get much time in charge, though many would have liked to see Avram Grant go quicker last season than he did.
Chris Hugthon did an amazing job at Newcastle, the fact they got rid of him is ridiculous. Alan Pardew has not done a bad job since he took over, but Hugthon was doing a good job there. When Newcastle went down and Hughton was put in charge full time nobody had given Newcastle a chance of coming back up, but they did and in style. They dominant the Championship and when they came up they didn’t let up beating the likes of Arsenal and demolished rivals Sunderland 5-1. His record at Newcastle saw him have a 55.71% win percentage. He is defiantly the type of manager that West Ham need, a real motivator, sometime Avram Grant didn’t seem to be. He is able to get a team to play as a team, and play well. He could lead West Ham back to the Premiership and into a good mid-table team which is something they should be. He spent two seasons at west ham as a player making 32 appearances, so he already knows what the fans expect from the club also, I don’t believe Gold & Sullivan are worse than Mike Ashley and he could deal with the stresses. He may not want to though, which is fully understandable, as he deserves to manage a well run club.
For me here I feel that there is one clear candidate and that for me is Chris Hugthon. He did a miraculous job at Newcastle with all the pressures from the club, and he dealt with it with a huge amount of dignity, a lot more than Ashley and Co. deserved, but that is why the Newcastle fans will always have a fond place in their hearts for him. He played good football, won big matches and handled players and the pressure perfectly. He protected the players, but also motivated them to put in first class performances. If he got the West Ham job, and Gold & Sullivan let him run the club how it should be run, then they could see a lot of success.