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3 managers West Ham United should have picked above David Moyes

Tuesday 7th November 2017
West Ham United is a massive club. A 60,000-seater stadium, a long lineage along with Premier League status all attest to that. Football isn't played on paper, though, it's played on the pitch. As a result, the Hammers currently sit in the relegation zone. Slaven Bilic had to go. 

The Croatian manager was in charge at West Ham for 109 games, but a recent 4-1 defeat against Liverpool proved his last. So what did the club's hierarchy do in response? Hired David Moyes, a man who finished outside top four with Manchester United and also relegated Sunderland last season. The appointment won't fill Hammers fans with much hope. Relegation now looms stronger.

Here are three managers that West Ham should have considered ahead of David Moyes.

Ronald Koeman



One blip at Everton shouldn't define the Dutch legend's competence. If blips are taken into consideration, Moyes has been in one constantly since 2013. Ronald Koeman may have only won 38% of games at Goodison Park, but he still possesses the tactical nous to succeed in the Premier League. The 54-year-old proved that at Southampton, where he had a win rate of 48%. He took the club to new heights during his two seasons at St Mary's.
After managing over 630 games in some of Europe's top leagues, Koeman deserves a second chance. West Ham presented the perfect opportunity. Although he wouldn't have been able to spend over £100 million in a transfer window like he did on Merseyside, the challenge would have seen his tactical proficiency come to the fore. The Dutchman is a specialist in defensive organisation and efficiency, two aspects West Ham are lacking.

Paolo Di Canio



The morale at West Ham became so low that they not only needed a managerial change, they also require a new lease of life. Bringing back a club legend would have inspired the players. Paolo Di Canio remains a beloved figure in East London.
In four years at Upton Park, the Italian made 141 appearances, scoring 53 goals. His enthusiasm for West Ham United would have revitalised the locker room better than Moyes. Although Di Canio hasn't made waves as a manager, taking charge of the Hammers would have been a great opportunity for the 49-year-old to stake his claim.

Alan Pardew



The general footballing public doesn't appear to respect Alan Pardew too much. He's delivered results, though, at all six clubs managed. The 56-year-old has taken charge of 794 games. He previously dragged the Hammers back into the English top flight via the playoffs. During testing times at Upton Park, he won 67 matches from 163, including taking the club to 2006 FA Cup final. Pardew's achievements are fondly remembered at West Ham.
The Englishman's orthodox, pragmatic style has proven a recipe for success in the Premier League. It limits goals conceded while maximising surges in attack. Many believe that his former club, Crystal Palace, miss those tactics. Pardew should have been the man to lead West Ham United from danger this season, as he already knows everything about the club, as well as the world's best league.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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