By Joe Ellis

29th Sep, 2022 | 5:40pm

West Ham United test waters with Mauricio Pochettino for managers role

West Ham United have put their feelers out over the manager’s role at the London Stadium with a number of coaches targeted, according to Jeunes Footeux.

The French media outlet only named one of the coaches that have supposedly been asked of their interest in the role so far with that being former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season despite winning them Ligue 1 at a canter with a poor display in the Champions League not satisfying the club’s owners.

Pochettino is likely to want a significant transfer budget for January if he takes over from David Moyes, who is far from safe in the hot seat after five defeats in seven Premier League games this season.

That could prove to be a stumbling block for West Ham who spent a huge amount of money over the summer refreshing the squad for Moyes to push on and challenge for European honours.


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As good as Moyes has been for West Ham since he returned to the club, bringing in a manager of Pochettino’s stature would be a massive statement to the rest of the Premier League and Europe that the Hammers are serious about becoming a regular feature in big matches.

The Scot has done his job in helping the Irons recover from almost relegation to European football almost overnight but there was always going to be a ceiling on how far he and the team could go.

That has seemingly been hit rather abruptly and now might be the ideal time for change with a lot of games to come in a short space of time prior to the Qatar World Cup.

Pochettino is such a big name in management that it could also entice the likes of Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen to stay at the club much longer if Champions League football is promised by the Argentine.