With Sam Allardyce’s exit now a distant and happy memory – the fans were calling for his head for months – West Ham appear to be planning for what they hope will be a bright future.
Premier League safety has been established, money is coming into the club under stable off-field management and a move to the Olympic Stadium is looming, so all looks rosy for the Irons.
However, the right successor for ‘Big Sam’ will be needed, and it appears that Sevilla’s Unai Emery is a candidate.
Reports have revealed that ‘talks’ with the Europa League winning coach are scheduled for this week, and here are FIVE reasons why West Ham must persuade him to head to West London…
Aside from a relatively poor adventure to Russia with Spartak Moscow, Emery has enjoyed a fine managerial career so far, working well under the crippling financial constraints at Valencia between 2008–2012 and winning two Europa League trophies at Sevilla along with claiming Champions League qualification.
Although the questionable spell in Moscow may be a worry regarding his ability outside of his native Spain, such a good record with some top clubs in La Liga suggests that he knows a thing or two when it comes to coaching, while an early retirement from paying the game, he bowed out at the age of 32, is perhaps a big factor in his obvious tactical nous.
Anyone who watched Sevilla romp to Europa League success will vouch for the quality of football deployed by Emery.
With the energetic Carlos Bacca leading the line, the 43-year-old built a high tempo side with a genuine focus on recycling the ball and operating well in transition.
Pretty much any change will be seen as an upgrade on Sam Allardyce’s direct philosophy, which could once again bring a feel-good factor to East London.
With an excellent fair play record having opened a back door to the Europa League, West Ham are set for a continental adventure.
A long campaign awaits and with seeding set to leave the Hammers with a difficult group if they can make it through three tricky rounds of qualifying, strong management and experience will be needed, especially with very few Irons players possessing the know-how.
As far as knowledge of the competition goes, very few can compete with Emery, who has lifted the trophy twice in the last two seasons with the tournament’s most successful ever club.
Emery’s reputation in Spanish football is a good one, and with the financial clout managing a secure Premier League football club brings, there’s no reason he couldn’t return to his homeland to lure top quality additions across to Upton Park.
With a more ‘easy on the eye’ approach being called for, perhaps some La Liga imports could be an option, with, on the whole, the level of technical prowess higher in Spain’s top tier than in the Premier League.
Although Napoli are lurking with intent, the feeling of positivity surrounding the potential luring of Emery to West Ham is high. Fans of the Irons are, to a degree understandably, fed up with the football they’ve been watching, so the promise of a top-quality manager with a different approach is enticing.
If #WHUFC convince Emery to take the job then they’ll be sticking two fingers up at the criticism received for not convincing SA to stay.
— James Jones (@jj2388) June 2, 2015
Even if Emery doesn't join us, I admire that #whufc are competing with Napoli for a Europa League winning manager. Great ambitions for us.
— Jack Good (@JackGood9) June 3, 2015
Unai Emery please West Ham
— Jamie Fielding (@Jam_a_Lam) June 3, 2015