Jason Burt thinks West Ham would be taking a huge risk appointing David Moyes to succeed Slaven Bilic at the London Stadium
West Ham would be taking a “huge risk” if they opt to replace manager Slaven Bilic with David Moyes, according to Sunday Supplement panellist Jason Burt.
The Hammers will decide the future on the future of Bilic in the next 48 hours and Sky Sports News understands talks are already underway with the former Everton and Manchester United boss.
West Ham are just a point outside the relegation zone in the Premier League after they were beaten 4-1 at home to Liverpool on Saturday evening.
Speculation has already turned to who could replace the Croatian as manager at the London Stadium but Burt, chief football correspondent at The Telegraph, believes Moyes would not guarantee stability.
“He’s a manager they’ve admired for quite a long time,” Burt said. “When Sam Allardyce was going, they wanted Moyes then. He’s got a good relationship with Tony Henry [director of player recruitment at West Ham], they worked together at Everton so they’ve tracked him.
“He’s had a few failures, but they want the David Moyes of Everton. They want to throw him a lifeline to see if he can throw them a lifeline. Everyone can have a failure, but two or three in a row and it starts to become a trend. He’s going to be fortunate to get this job, and I think he needs to respond quickly.
“He needs to get them organised quickly but I’ve always found him to be quite a slow-burner of a manager, he doesn’t go in there and get a quick response from clubs. There’s a high risk involved. I think the fact that he’s available is almost superseding whether he is the right man for the job.”
Bilic received a vote of confidence prior to his side’s 3-0 home defeat to Brighton last month from co-chairman David Sullivan, but he has looked increasingly forlorn on the touchline and his side were bereft of ideas against Liverpool.
Mohamed Salah scored twice while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip also got on the scoresheet to inflict another heavy loss on the Hammers in front of their own supporters.
Dominic King, the North West football reporter for the Daily Mail, feels the time has come for a change in the dugout – and believes Moyes is the right man to steady the ship.
He said: “[Moyes] has had a rough ride in his last few jobs. Some people look at Moyes and see him as yesterday’s man. They’ll look at Sociedad, United and Sunderland and anticipate they’ll get more of the same, but he knows this is his last chance.
“One more failure at that’ll be him, and he knows that. When he feels he has a point to prove, he can be a very dangerous, in terms of he will get a job done. I think if he comes in, he’ll keep West Ham up no problem at all.”