According to reports in The Mirror, West Ham United’s owners are weighing up potential successors to manager Slaven Bilic just two games into the Premier League season, with online bookmakers BETDAQ listing former England boss Steve McClaren as the 45/1 favourite to be the club’s next permanent appointment.
Following an opening day 4-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, the Irons were unfortunate to come away from St Mary’s with nothing against Southampton on Saturday.
Despite finding themselves 2-0 down after Marko Arnautovic had been sent off in the 33rd minute for elbowing Jack Stephens in the face, Javier Hernandez scored either side of half-time to give the Hammers what looked like a deserved share of the spoils.
That was until Pablo Zabaleta was adjudged to have fouled Maya Yoshida in the penalty area in stoppage time, with Charlie Austin converting the spot-kick.
It means that Bilic’s side lie bottom of the table after the first two matches, and David Gold and David Sullivan could act quickly if the Croatian fails to turn results around having been heavily backed in the transfer market with the likes of Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez moving to the London Stadium.
The fact that McClaren would be the current favourite ahead of the likes of Crystal Palace’s Frank de Boer and Michael Laudrup should Bilic lose his job may be a surprise, especially considering he has only just taken up a coaching role with Maccabi Tel-Aviv and has struggled during recent spells with Newcastle United and Derby County.