David Sullivan leads the search for David Moyes successor as West Ham manger despite a less than convincing track record.Pressure on Moyes with David Sullivan looking closely at the result against Nottingham Forest

David Sullivan leads the search for David Moyes successor as West Ham manger despite a less than convincing track record.

The news which greeted a recent Guardian publication regarding David Moyes future was largely positively received.

For many West Ham fans, anyone is better than Moyes and they ain’t too fussy how it occurs. However the latest news is not as good as it may seem on the surface. Because whilst it may be good news that West Ham are looking to replace Moyes, the person overseeing the operation is far from perfect.

Whilst there has been a lot of talk of a new West Ham director of football, it is a very familiar face who’ll choose the next manager.

David Sullivan leads the search

Numerous sources close to the board are reporting that David Sullivan alone will select the next Hammers boss. That is a proposition which terrifies me given his lack of knowledge of the European game.

Earlier this season when David Moyes was clearly struggling, it was rumoured that Sullivan had compiled a shortlist of replacements. Nobody will ever truly know the full extent of the list but Sean Dyche and Rafa Benitez were certainly on it.

Self imposed handicap

There was also the bizarre set of self imposed restrictions which demanded any potential candidate had Premier League experience. What this demonstrated was a severe lack of forward thinking. The sort of entrenched decision making that makes West Ham look dated.

Forward thinking clubs such as Brighton are not handicapped by such silly rules. Surely the South Coast club’s strategy is one that West Ham should be looking to emulate. Their innovative way of doing things makes the Hammers look very antiquated and we can’t afford to get the next appointment wrong.

Perhaps I’m worrying unduly, bit when I heard Sully was leading the managerial quest my heart sank.


By Gonzo

West Ham fan for as long as I can remember. I was flukey enough to watch The Irons beat Bury 10-0 in my first ever game . . . True to form, West Ham then went out and signed their central defender 😬

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