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Next West Ham United Manager: Odds and Considerations

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
12 February 2024, 14:29

West Ham, despite a brisk start to the season, gave up well in the middle. David Moyes' team has never won in 2024, shows vague football and an obvious crisis of coaching ideas. The last straw for the fans were the last two matches, when the Hammers were destroyed first by Manchester United (3-0), and in the last round by Arsenal (6-0). Clouds have been gathering over David Moyes for a long time, but in the context of recent events, reports of an imminent resignation began to circulate with renewed vigour. Currently, West Ham is stuck on the 8th place and the chances of getting into European Cups next season are very grim, given the 10 point gap with 5th Aston Villa.

West Ham United Next Manager Betting List

Bookmakers have already opened the market on a potential replacement for a Scotch specialist. At the moment, judging by the odds given by Betfair, there are several main contenders:

West Ham United Next Manager
Betfair Odds
Graham Potter3.75
Xabi Alonso6.00
William Still7.50
Michael Carrick8.00
Steve Cooper11.00

Graham Potter

Bookmakers believe that Graham Potter is the most likely successor to David Moyes in London. Notwithstanding Potter's short-lived, disastrous stint at Chelsea, none can doubt his triumphant ventures at Swansea and Brighton. In addition, many consider managerial experience in the Premier League to be a significant factor, giving Graham an edge over his rivals. Potter's unfortunate experience at Chelsea was most likely not the result of a lack of drive or qualifications, though it's still unclear if he's ready for the midseason appointment.

Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso is placed second in the list of potential Moyes successors. His brilliant work at Leverkusen caught the attention of many top clubs and rumours circulating around the Spaniard are connected with such big names as Real Madrid and Liverpool. Despite this, Xabi continues to do his best with Bayer and there is no feeling that his departure from Germany is imminent in the nearest future, given that his coaching career is only starting.

William Still

William Still is also on the radars of many clubs amid his successful start with Reims. Aged only 31, Still managed to build one of the most interesting teams in France. However, it is unclear whether he is ready for the pressure of the Premier League, given that his experience as a head coach consists of only 54 matches. Moreover, the current West Ham squad does not seem to fit well into his style and Londoners do not have the capacity for the serious reshuffle amid financial hardships.

Michael Carrick

As one of the Old Trafford legends, Michael Carrick does not need to be introduced twice in the context of the Premier League. Currently, he is coaching Middlesbrough and receives appraisals from both press and fans. As many young coaches who were shining bright on the Premier League fields during their player careers, Carrick is closely monitored by many clubs. Naturally, he is a rather crude option, and it is most logical to let him gain experience, but repeating the story of Zidane or Lampard should not be discounted either. 

Steve Cooper

Despite not being among bookmakers’ first picks, the Welsh specialist has solid chances to succeed Moyes in West Ham. Cooper is well acquainted with both Championship and Premier League, coaching Nottingham Forest and Swansea City, which, coupled with his tactical flexibility can bring stability to the Olympic Stadium. Being sacked from Nottingham in December, he is eager to show his potential in a more classy environment, which will naturally come with less chances for mistakes.