West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has championed David Moyes as a successor to Manuel Pellegrini, Football Insider has learned.
The 70-year-old longstanding co-chairman is a big admirer of the Scot despite being a key member of the hierarchy that did not extend his six-month contract in May of last year.
An West Ham source has told Football Insider that Sullivan nonetheless has great admiration for the Scot and is pushing for him to be top of the club’s target list.
Pellegrini’s position has been discreetly discussed at board level following a dreadful run of results that’s left the club in 17th place in the Premier League table and in danger of getting sucked into a relegation level.
As revealed by Football Insider yesterday, West Ham have no immediate plans to axe Pellegrini and he is set to remain in charge for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea and next Wednesday’s visit to Wolves.
Should the Hammers lose both of those games, then the Chilean’s position will be virtually untenable.
West Ham will assess multiple possible candidates to replace Pellegrini, but they will not look only at Moyes.
The Londoners are aware the 56-year-old is also a strong contender to replace Marco Silva at Everton, and there are fears he would prefer to return to Goodison Park.
Moyes had great success at Everton, who he managed for 11 years, while he spent just two-thirds of a season at the Hammers helm.
The Hammers have dropped to 17th in the table after losing five of their last six Premier League matches.
Everton are faring little better, with Saturday’s home defeat to Norwich City leaving them in 16th, just a point and one place above the London club.