The phone of West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has been “red hot” with agents making new manager suggestions, Football Insider can reveal.
The Premier League club are not planning to deviate from their position of backing under-fire Manuel Pellegrini and he will be in charge for the home clash against Tottenham after the international break.
But a West Ham source has told Football Insider that Sullivan is being besieged with calls from agents claiming their clients can turnaround the club’s wretched run of form.
His phone is said to be “red hot” with suggestions from deal-makers but he has no intention of acting upon them at this stage.
The 70-year-old remains in day-to-day control of West Ham even though the club hired Pellegrini’s ally Mario Husillos as director of football last year.
Sullivan is the most influential figure at the club and, along with co-owner David Gold, is in overall control.
The duo are keen to retain faith in their manager despite the club taking just one point from five league matches and plummeting to 16th in the table after what had been a fine start to the campaign.
Pellegrini, 66, signed a three-year contract worth £10million-a-year when he was appointed in the summer of 2018.
He is one of the highest paid managers in the Premier League on what is equivalent to £200,000-a-week, comfortably topping the earnings of the players at his disposal.
The Hammers started this campaign brightly and were third in the table after securing the notable scalp of Manchester United in a memorable 2-0 win in September.
But they have struggled to cope with the absence of last season’s player of the year Lukasz Fabianski, who underwent hip surgery at the start of last month.