By Matt Farr
West Ham have identified Reading manager Jaap Stam as their top replacement for the under-fire Slaven Bilic – but fans on Twitter are not convinced.
It was reported in the Mirror on Sunday morning that the Championship chief had jumped to the top of the shortlist of potential candidates, as the pressure continues to mount on current West Ham boss Bilic.
The Croat has failed to improve upon last season’s seventh-placed finish in the Premier League, and a number of poor signings has left him on the brink.
He had already been given a vote of confidence by the board following a miserable run of form in December that left them just one point clear of the relegation zone, but things have hardly improved since.
Yet while many fans have called for a change in leadership, few have supported the idea of Stam becoming the club’s next manager.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Hasn't even been a manager for a year. Would be a stupid move.
— West Ham News (@whufc_news) March 25, 2017
@SkyFootball Jaap Stam?! Seriously?!? No. Just no.
— Lee B (@Lee_WHUFC) March 26, 2017
Stam has no plan B and over trains his players.
— Jace De Souza (@desouza1994) March 26, 2017
What is this nonsense about Jaap Stam??? Would anybody really want to replace Slav with him…surely not.
— The Unknown Barman (@UnknownBarman) March 26, 2017
Hope we keep Bilic but if not I'd give Tony Pulis a shout.Underrated and always over achieves.A gamble choice would be Jaap Stam https://t.co/UEajz4jI9G
— COYI FB F.C (@FCCOYI) March 26, 2017
The Mirror full of bull again. Bilic won't be sacked this season. And Jaap Stam? At least try and make a story sound real 😂😂
— Simon B (@donsimon78) March 25, 2017
Stam has done an impressive job with Reading this season, leading them to fifth place in his first full-time managerial role.
Promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking would be an incredible achievement for the Dutchman, but West Ham fans still do not rate him as the ideal replacement for Bilic.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has also been linked with the job.
In other West Ham news, David Gold has revealed on Twitter when he will quit the club.