Ahead of their Monday night clash with Huddersfield, West Ham sit 20th on the Premier League log, and manager Slaven Bilic, who is walking on a tightrope, faces the risk of being shown the exit door should the newly-promoted side leave the London Stadium with all 3 points.
The Hammers are already preparing a replacement for the Croatian tactician in Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri, as per the Sunday Express.
West Ham chairman Dave Sullivan claimed Bilic turned down the chance to sign Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak during the summer transfer, and the manager was quick to refute those claims days ago.
It appears the manager, whose current contract runs out at the end of the season, isn’t afraid of the sack after publicly rubbishing Sullivan’s transfer claims.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has also been linked with taking over at West Ham, but Sarri, who replaced the former Liverpool manager at Napoli has now emerged favorite.
The Italian, 58, is widely regarded as one of the brightest footballing minds back home despite being relatively unknown in England.
The former Empoli boss, who won the prestigious Enzo Bearzot Award last year, has 2 years to run on his current Napoli deal.
However, he has a £7.5 million buyout clause in his contract, and that wouldn’t be issue for the West Ham board should a need to get him arises.