West Ham United fell to defeat against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day to raise the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini’s shoulders, and some Irons fans have already identified who they want to replace the Chilean.
The 2-1 loss left the Hammers just one place and one point above the Premier League’s relegation zone, ahead of the visit of second-placed Leicester City to the London Stadium on Saturday.
Reliable club insider ExWHUemployee has suggested that the board could target David Moyes if they do wield the axe on the South American, but supporters would prefer someone else – Niko Kovac.
The former Croatia international is a free-agent having left Bayern Munich by mutual consent back in November, and it was probably a bit of a harsh decision when you look at his team’s overall record – 45 wins and 12 draws in 65 matches, scoring 169 goals as per Transfermarkt.
The following fans made it clear that they want to see the 48-year-old come to east London, and the fact that he is available is certainly an advantage for the club.
Our most important signing in January is to get Kovac in as manager.
— Will Mason ⚒ (@WillMason94) December 26, 2019
For sure Pellegrini has to get fired now.
— – (@_Smokethatkush_) December 26, 2019
— Callum (@CallumSinclairr) December 26, 2019
There’s a simple solution for the club if they want to sack pellegrini and don’t want to pay compo for a current manager and we don’t want moyes Pulis allardyce etc get kovac in already got the best out of haller previously
— will earle (@willearle_) December 26, 2019
NIKO KOVAC PLEASE.
I SAID PLEASE. OKAY?@WestHam
— Club. West Ham (@ClubdeWestHam) December 26, 2019
I’d like Kovac personally, but only because I believe he would be able to get the best out of Haller. At Frankfurt he was also quite flexible and sometimes played 3 at the back
— James Gunn (@jamesgunn_) December 26, 2019
There were plenty of others that said they were keen on the former Bayern Munich manager, but they were pretty pessimistic of their club’s chances of bringing the Croatian to the London Stadium, with some citing a lack of ambition from the board.
Did he really play for us?! No West Ham fan has managed to name all of these obscure Irons signings….
One even labelled him as “the best available replacement”, and considering he is a free-agent and his previous club was with the Bundesliga giants, it’s hard to disagree with that sentiment.
Of course they won’t listen to the fans once again and ignore the best available replacement Niko Kovac
— Adam (@adambrown93) December 26, 2019
Snodgrass should’ve been off 20 minutes ago, Haller should still be on, Roberto in goal is awful, for me Pellegrini is on borrowed time!
Big worry for me now is that the owners have no clue!
They will look to Moyes & the like, when it really should be Kovac…
— Steven McCarthy (@StevenMcCarthy9) December 26, 2019
As if Niko Kovac would want to come to West Ham
— Oh West Ham We Love You (@OhWestHamWeLov1) December 26, 2019
Rather have him sacked and get kovac in but the board won’t do that
— Fabulous Fabianski (@FabFabianski) December 26, 2019
In other West Ham news, ExWHUemployee has issued an update on Pellegrini’s future following the defeat to Crystal Palace…