As the season continues it is looking less likely that Sam Allardyce will be West Ham manager next season.
Despite the Hammers’ excellent season some fans have never taken to Big Sam and have made their disaffection known at every opportunity. ‘Big Sam’s’ contract runs out in the summer and while it is yet uncertain as to whether he will leave to try new challenges or the board will not re-appoint him, it is looking more likely that he will not be making a return as the Irons’ boss despite guiding them to promotion from the Championship and keeping them in the Premier League for two seasons.
Glenn Hoddle has become the latest name to be linked with the manager’s job at Upton Park as they get ready to move to the Olympic Stadium in 15 months’ time. He has been linked with the club before but back in 2011 he ruled himself out of the running for the job. The 57-year-old would be a high profile replacement and he has been known to get his teams to play with style and flair which would be welcomed by fans.
One of the biggest problems supporters have had with Allardyce is the style of football. Despite winning many games to help them into ninth position in the Premier League, fans have not enjoyed the way the Hammers have been playing. Allardyce has, largely, refused to change the way the team’s play because they are getting the results they need.
Hoddle hasn’t managed a club for nearly 10 years, but in the past has taken charge of Swindon, Chelsea and of course England. He started as a player-manager at Swindon in 1993 and took on the same role at Chelsea until he retired. During his time as a manager he has won 532 games, but he only has a win rate of 39% – not particularly high, but when you compare it to Allardyce they have the exact same rate.
When Hoddle became England manger he was highly respected among the players for his talent as a player. He had an excellent record and players like Rio Ferdinand regard him as the best manager they played under. His success as England manager was not all good of course, his style and secrecy antagonised the press which slowly led to his downfall and resignation as manager.
Since Hoddle resigned from England he has struggled to manage another side. Hoddle was a superb player and is well respected by his peers and he brings a style of football which fans love to watch, but he also brings with him a history with the press. If he does take over as West Ham manager, there is no doubt he would change everything Allardyce has achieved so far. Only time would be able to tell if that was for the better or for the worse.
It looks like West Ham’s owners want something new, as there is only so much that one person can do and Hoddle would certainly be a change. Whether he is the right man for the job remains to be seen.