Manchester United flop David Moyes is the bookmakers’ favourite to take over at West Ham United should Hammers boss Sam Allardyce be given his marching orders prior to the start of the new football season.
West Ham’s pre-season tour of New Zealand has been dismal. They have lost both fixtures – 2-1 to Wellington Phoenix and 3-1 at the hands of Australian side Sydney FC – in the past seven days.
Speculation over the future of head coach Allardyce is mounting once again and the fate of the 59-year-old is expected to be determined over the coming weeks.
Only a few months ago the Upton Park faithful were calling for their manager’s P45 following a desperately poor run of form.
They suffered some embarrassing blows, including a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Championship side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup competition.
The bookies are in heated debate over who will replace Allardyce should the West Ham board decide enough is enough and refuse to back him as the man to lead the Hammers into their 2014/2015 campaign.
Ex-United chief Moyes, who was sacked in April after slipping out of contention for Champions League qualification and failing to lift a trophy, tops the list as 2/1 favourite to take over, according to Paddy Power.
With Allardyce believed to be in the firing line when he returns with the squad from their pre-season tour, co-chairman David Gold himself did little to repel rumours by favouriting a tweet on social media platform Twitter from a fan calling for the sacking of Allardyce.
The tweet said: “Is today the day we get rid of BFS* ?? @davidgold fingers crossed” although, as Football Express News reported earlier today, Gold claimed he favourited it accidentally and blamed the error on jet-lag.
While Allardyce splits opinion among fans, it remains to be seen how the Hammers supporters would feel about the prospect of Moyes replacing him in the dug-out.
*BFS – Big Fat Sam