West Ham are actively trying to identify the right candidate to take the club forward after confirming David Moyes would not be handed a new deal but it’s proving to be a difficult task.
The Hammers have already seen a number of candidates pull out of the running, with Paulo Fonseca signing a new deal with Shakhtar Donetsk, Rafael Benitez preferring to stay at Newcastle and Marco Silva not interested in the role.
That has left former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini as the leading candidate to take charge at the London Stadium but West Ham are not putting all of their eggs in one basket.
Reports suggest they’re also considering approaching former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri, after the Italian’s departure from Nantes was confirmed this week.
Ranieri famously guided the Foxes to unlikely Premier League glory but fans on social media are certainly split on the possibility of him taking charge of the club, as they flocked to give their opinion on the situation.
I like Ranieri alot. Top guy. … Not sure why he’s an unpopular choice.
— andy grout (@andygrout) May 17, 2018
And straight back to wanting to die I go
— Total West Ham (@TotalWestHam) May 17, 2018
If we appoint ranieri I will not be renewing my s/t …
— Howard Wright (@HowardW31594569) May 17, 2018
Personally I think it’s going to be difficult to get Benitez. I’d be happy with Pelegríni or ranieri tbh.
— deano (@dean_deano88) May 18, 2018
What’s wrong with Ranieri?
OMG – Ranieri is a free agent, no buy out clause, we have a history of tightness… Love Ranieri but not sure he’s a match for us. Nice guys don’t fare well at a West Ham