In Focus: Maurizio Sarri would be an ambitious appointment at West Ham

As reported by The Sunday Express, West Ham United are lining up Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as a potential replacement for under-fire manager Slaven Bilic.

What’s the story?

Bilic is under significant pressure at the London Stadium after a dreadful start to the English Premier League season and heading into the Hammers’ match away to Huddersfield, it seems as if his days in charge may be coming to an end.

The Express say club owners David Sullivan and David Gold have set their sights on Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri as his replacement.

The paper report that Sarri has a £7.5m buy-out clause in his contract at the Italian giants, which has two years left to run, putting him well within reach of the Irons.

A good appointment?

Sarri has become one of the most respected managers in Italy after successful spells at Empoli and Napoli in the upper reaches of Italian football, which has followed a long career working his way up from provincial, non-league sides.

He guided Empoli to Serie A after a six-year absence and kept them in the top-flight the following season despite being tipped to go right back down. That sparked Napoli to make their move for the 58-year-old, replacing Rafa Benitez.

Since then Napoli have been on the up, finishing 2nd in his first season in charge and third last term, both times qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. The Italian club shone in that competition last term, reaching the last 16 before going out to eventual winners Real Madrid.

His experience and record would make him an ambitious and impressive appointment for West Ham if they could pull it off. Is Sarri the man to help the Hammers realise their full potential?