Go back to the 10th May 2016 and West Ham were just saying goodbye to Upton Park after beating Manchester United 3-2 which secured a sixth place finish for The Hammers. Slaven Bilić was regarded as a god who was to be immortalised in the history of the club while bringing great times to East London. It was also the season where Dimitri Payet played the football that got whispers of a Real Madrid move on the horizon.
Fast forward just over a year later and life is much different for those at West Ham. Dimitri Payet has left the club for Marseille after refusing to play for The Hammers after initially being refused a move, West Hams move to the Olympic Stadium has been filled with controversy after security fears and a lack of atmosphere, it also doesn’t help that they can’t win a game there. With all that and many more problems Slaven Bilić finds himself facing huge pressure and there has been rumours that he almost faced the sack after the 3-0 loss away at Newcastle. The pressure is justified considering West Ham have lost their opening three games conceding ten goals.
Rafel Benitez 5/2
Having just beaten West Ham 3-0 Benitez may have sealed Bilić’s fate. Benitez is the joint favourite to take over the job should Bilić face the sack. It could be seen as an exciting project for Benitez seeing as he is unhappy at Newcastle after receiving little funds for their first Premier League season since being relegated in 2016. The money on offer and the promise of funds may be too good for Benitez to turn down.
Roberto Mancini 5/2
Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is the joint favourite to come for the West Ham job if they choose to part ways with Slaven Bilić. The current Zenit St Petersburg manager would be a great addition and comes with the history of winning trophies including the Premier League with City. However, Mancini has only just joined Zenit this year and may be reluctant to give up the money he is rumoured to be on at the Russian club and also West Ham with all due respect may be too much of a step down for someone who has won the Premier League.
Frank Lampard 33/1
An outsider for the job is Frank Lampard who of course has strong links to The Hammers having been their as a child and also made his professional debut at Upton Park. The former England player has made no secret of his desire to go into management and would be eager to get a job like West Ham. However, with no managerial experience West Ham may be reluctant to take such a gamble on Lampard when their Premier League status is at risk.
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