By Dean White

15th Jan, 2023 | 7:10pm

Rafa Benitez wanted at West Ham United as David Moyes sack development emerges on Sunday afternoon

Rafa Benitez is a contender to replace David Moyes as manager of West Ham United, according to The Telegraph.

The newspaper reported via their website on Sunday afternoon (15 January) that the Irons are looking at short-term and long-term replacements for Moyes if they feel then need to fire him this season.

West Ham lost to Wolves on Saturday (14 January), leading to them dropping into the Premier League relegation zone.

Ex-Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, as well as former Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle manager Benitez, are considered as potential “fire-fighters” to help the Hammers out of the mire in the short-term.

The Telegraph adds that Moyes’ future is in serious doubt. It is understood that he’s “fighting to save his job” and while West Ham don’t want to sack the Scot, they’re being forced to “consider their options”.

Trust in Moyseh

Moyes has pulled us out of worse situations than this.

His second spell as West Ham manager has been a resounding success with the only blot on his record being the last few months in the Premier League.

But West Ham’s status as a top-flight club is under threat and after spending so much money in the summer, that’s a serious issue.

We doubt very much that the big-money players at the London Stadium have relegation clauses in their contracts so there’s a huge financial problem if we do go down.

And then players like Declan Rice would be able to leave for next to nothing because we’d be powerless to stop clubs low-balling bids for the £100million-rated midfielder.

Benitez might be able to keep us up. He’s a Champions League winner at Liverpool and a multi-league-title winner in Spain.

Nuno might be able to as well. He did well at Wolves and was harshly sacked there.

But they’ve both done terribly in recent jobs at Everton and Tottenham respectively.

We have way more faith in Moyes than we do in those.