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West Ham to enter transfer window manager-less

Filed: Monday, 14th May 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are set to enter the transfer window without a manager as the Board ponder who to appoint as the club's next full time head coach.

David Moyes' short-term contract expired last night just a matter of hours after he guided the Hammers to a respectable 13th-place finish in the Premier League, with the club apparently no closer to announcing their new choice.

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And whilst the Scot remains in the running to continue the job he began last November, West Ham have revealed that they may not have a man in place until the beginning of next month - which happens to coincide with the season ticket renewal deadline.

The 2018 summer transfer window opens this Thursday (17 May) as a result of the decision to move the deadline forward to 9 August - 48 hours ahead of the start of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign (on Saturday 11 August).

The leading candidates to follow Moyes in the West Ham hotseat are as follows...

Manuel Pellegrini (64, Hebei Chinese Fortune)

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The Chilean cut his managerial teeth in South America with clubs such as San Lorenzo and River Plate before trying his luck in Europe with Villareal, Real Madrid and Malaga. In 2013 he arrived in England and won the Premier League with Manchester City in his first season. He has been in China since 2016.

Paulo Fonseca (45, Shakhtar Donetsk)

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The former Portuguese central defender has been coaching since retiring as a pro at the age of just 32. Having led relative minnows Pacos de Ferreira to the Champions League, he was hired by Porto -but fired before the season was out with the Drag§es in third place in the league. Successful spells at Pacos (again) and Braga led to Fonseca moving abroad for the first time to manage Shakhtar in 2016, since when he has won the domestic double and taken the Ukrainians to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Rafa Benitez (58, Newcastle Utd)

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One of the most well-known faces in the Premier League, Benitez worked at Liverpool and Chelsea before moving to Newcastle where he is adored by the fans having led the Magpies to instant promotion from the Championship and a top ten Premier League finish. Wanted by West Ham when Sam Allardyce left, West Ham's Board were unsuccessful but hope once more to lure the former defender - who has also enjoyed spells with the likes of Real Madrid, Inter and Napoli - to east London.

Unai Emery (46, Paris St Germain)

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Emery has alerady confirmed that he will be leaving Paris this summer, which will no doubt have been music to the ears of West Ham's Board who are not know for paying compensation for managerial staff. However Arsenal are likely to have first dibs on the Spaniard, who spent much of his playing career in the Spanish second division.

David Moyes (55, out of contract)

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Moyes exceeded all expectations at West Ham having succeeded Slaven Bilic at the tail end of 2017 by steering the Hammers clear of relegation and into a 13th-place finish, largely as a result of taking seven points from United's final three matches. An experienced Premier League manager, he is the safe choice should the Board choose to go British.

A number of other names have been linked with the vacancy in recent days, including Ronald Koeman, Carlo Ancelotti and Marcelo Bielsa.

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