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Three managers West Ham should have appointed instead of David Moyes

West Ham have won two out of ten matches in all competitions since Moyes replaced Manuel Pellegrini in December, and with the club sitting in the relegation zone, it suggests that the owners have taken a backwards direction by appointing their former head coach.

The Hammers fell short to Liverpool in their most recent match, however, the desire and character that they showed for one of the first times this season was an encouraging sign for the fans that Moyes could guide them to safety.

Despite this, there are alternative managers that could have taken the club to the next level and turn them into the top side that they were expected to become after moving into the London Stadium.  

Eddie Howe

Howe’s journey with Bournemouth from the foundations of League Two to an established Premier League outfit is nothing short of inspiring and is a clear portrayal of his hunger to succeed as a manager.

The Cherries boss has inflicted a huge team spirit at the club, forming a style of play that is very much focused on energy on the pitch and playing attractive football. This is a philosophy that is needed at West Ham, who have struggled to play their best football this season with a lack of resilience and character.

If Howe could secure Bournemouth a ninth-place finish with a lack of financial backing, it would have been interesting to see where he could have taken West Ham who were highly active in the summer transfer window.

Niko Kovac

West Ham fans were not wrong for wanting a proven winner to replace Pellegrini at the club, and Niko Kovac is that to an extent. The Croatian won the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich last season, and his appointment would have been a strong statement from the club’s owners about the direction that the club is heading towards.

Despite being sacked by the German club, Kovac only lost eight games out of the 65 that he was in charge and could have installed that winning form into the Hammers.

The 48-year-old could have also been the right man to get Sebastien Haller going in the Premier League. Haller has struggled with his first season in England, scoring six goals in 25 appearances, similar to his first year in the Bundesliga. Although, the French attacker flourished in his second season under the management of Kovac, scoring 20 goals for his former club.  

Danny Cowley

Given a lack of togetherness at the club between the owner and the fans, it goes without question that boyhood Hammer fans, Danny Cowley and both his brother and assistant Nick, would have been a perfect fit to lift the spirit at the London club.

The pair took over at Huddersfield in September but made themselves known during their time at Lincoln City.

A similar outfit to Eddie Howe, the Cowley brothers have performed miracles with the Imps, guiding them to League One from the National League alongside a stunning FA Cup run that ended at Arsenal in the quarter-finals, and winning the Checkatrade Trophy in 2018.

Moving into the London Stadium has caused West Ham fans to feel more isolated from the club than ever before and the appointment of Danny Cowley could have reinstalled the hunger that West Ham have fans have been craving.

Article title: Three managers West Ham should have appointed instead of David Moyes

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