Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has emerged as the bookies favourite to take over at West Ham if they opt to sack Sam Allardyce in the coming months, according to Metro's recount of a market provided by Paddy Power.
Questions remain over Big Sam’s future at the club as he has been set the tricky task of changing his philosophy and getting the Hammers playing expansive and attractive football.
However this is proving difficult for the 59-year-old and West Ham have looked just as predictable and uncreative as they did last term in pre-season, still struggling to score and create chances throughout preseason and as a result netting just four times in six friendlies.
If they do not hit the ground running come August 16 then it is likely that Allardyce will not be given too much longer to prove he is the man capable of implementing this new philosophy, with Moyes available at 2/1 to take his place.
Is Moyes the right man?
As we all know Moyes did not have the best of luck during his short spell as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Old Trafford.
The ‘Chosen One’ proved to be a tag that came with a heavy burden and one that the Scottish manager simply was not ready for.
However, if we look past his horror show in Manchester, which wasn’t helped by the players clear lack of belief in him, he is still a good manager.
At Everton he took the club to heights they had never reached in their Premier League history, reaching the qualifying stages of the Champions League on a shoe-string budget was one of his greatest achievements during his eleven-year reign.
His sides typically consist of well organised, hardworking individuals that all commit to the same cause – of helping the team. This wasn’t the case at United, but at Everton it was clear to see all the players played for him and gave literally everything they had to the cause.
These managerial characteristics are, though, reminiscent of Allardyce and it could be argued that they do share the same football philosophy. Playing to the percentages, getting crosses into the box and flooding dangerous areas in the hope that something will fall in their favour.
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If West Ham are serious about implementing a completely new style of football as to what Allardyce has forced Hammers fans to endure over the past three years, then in my view Moyes is not the right man.
They could do a lot worse, but even during his time at Everton he did not play free-flowing football that it is clear West Ham want to see at Upton Park.
Moyes is in the same mould as Allardyce, but perhaps knows how to play his hand slightly better. He could well prove to be a success at the helm of the east London outfit, but it all depends on how they want to achieve that success – by playing attractively or efficiently.
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