West Ham Identify Paulo Fonseca as David Moyes Replacement

West Ham have identified Lille’s Paulo Fonseca as a possible replacement for David Moyes, who is expected to part ways with the club at the end of the season.

Although no decision has been made on Moyes yet, West Ham are believed to be preparing to make a switch this summer. The club has had a difficult season and is four points above the relegation zone with eight games to play.

West Ham have backed Moyes, who could yet lead them to glory in the Europa Conference League, but patience has run out in recent months. The board of directors has started considering alternatives and one of the names on the list is Fonseca. The 50-year-old Portuguese has been playing striking football since joining Lille last summer and almost joined West Ham in 2018.

Fonseca met David Sullivan when West Ham’s majority shareholder was looking for a manager after Moyes’ first spell ended five years ago. He missed Manuel Pellegrini’s work.

Sullivan is ready to consider Fonseca again. Fonseca made a name for himself at Shakhtar Donetsk and managed Roma for two years starting in 2019. He was on the verge of signing for Tottenham in 2021, but the deal was broken after. Fonseca whistled Lille to fifth place in Ligue 1.

The belief around West Ham is that Moyes is unlikely to be in charge next season. Supporters are complaining about his style of football and intermediaries are preparing to propose candidates to Sullivan.

West Ham are likely to consider Graham Potter, who is available after leaving Chelsea. Brendan Rodgers is also in the frame following his departure from Leicester.

The pressure on Moyes has increased due to West Ham not continuing after spending 160 million pounds last summer. They are still in peril of going down, but they have picked up seven points in their last four games and produced their best performance of the season when they came from 2-0 down to draw with Arsenal on Sunday.

There remains the possibility that the Media will make a surplus if he keeps West Ham and leads them to their first trophy since 1980.

Winning the Conference League would give them a place in the Europa League, meaning Moyes would have guided them in Europe for three consecutive seasons. The club will host Ghent in the quarter-final second leg on Thursday with a 1-1 draw.

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