By George Overhill

10th Jan, 2023 | 5:10pm

West Ham United manager David Moyes tipped to return to Everton to replace Frank Lampard

David Moyes could leave West Ham and return to former side Everton to replace Frank Lampard this season, in the view of BBC journalist Phil McNulty.

Both managers are both currently battling to keep hold of their current jobs amid slides towards the bottom of the table, with the Toffees already in the relegation zone in 18th and the Hammers above them by the slimmest of margins on goal difference.

While the heat is certainly turning up on Moyes at the London Stadium after an alarming slip since last season, McNulty believes Lampard may be one loss to Southampton on 14 January away from the sack and that Moyes would be a candidate for a sensational return to Goodison Park if that happens.

The BBC’s chief football writer told Paul Salt on BBC Merseyside on Monday morning (9 January, 7.53am): “It’s an absolutely huge game. This situation with Everton moving from game to game invariably only ever ends one way. You do get the impression that if Everton don’t beat Southampton next week then there will be a decision to be made.”

He went on to speak about possible replacements and added (7.56am): “For some reason known only to myself, and I have expressed this to my colleagues in the media over the last few months, I’ve always had a feeling that David Moyes would reappear at Everton at some point. 

“It would have to be this season I would think and he’s struggling a little bit at West Ham at the moment so I think he would be under consideration.”

He went on to sum up: “So I think you might be looking at people like Sean Dyche, [and] David Moyes is someone lurking in my mind who may come back.”

Double exit?

Lampard’s struggles on Merseyside over the past 12-months won’t have gone down too badly among a lot of Hammers fans, but they will have much preferred it when they weren’t in the same boat.

The prospect of losing Moyes back to Everton, where he spent over a decade earlier in his career, would have been a disaster for most of the past two years but the wheels have come off this season.

Now, if West Ham actually had a strong replacement on hand it might not seem like such a bad idea, such is the regression at the London Stadium in 2022, even though the manager has done so much good work since his return.

Heading into the January transfer window a year ago the talk was of strengthening a side that appeared to be mounting a genuine assault on the top four.

And while the Scot took the Irons into the semi finals of the Europa League on a memorable run, the league finish of seventh was disappointing when no signings were made.

But a major spend in the summer market renewed hopes that the club wouldn’t fall away, yet they have done so anyway to a greater extent than most feared.

A genuine relegation battle seemed out of the question prior to the season but with close to half the campaign gone that is the situation, so barring a sudden uptick in results a Lampard sacking and subsequent Moyes summons might be the best result all round, with the notable exception of Chelsea’s record goalscorer.