West Ham have struggled to remain competitive this season following their move to the London Stadium and they could seek major changes this summer.
Following the news that manager Slaven Bilic will not be offered an extended deal at the end of the current season, when his current contract enters it’s final 12 months, The Telegraph reports that the Hammers are considering an approach for Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner.
German ace Wagner, a close friend of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, has impressed with his guidance of the Yorkshire outfit, helping Huddersfield to third in the Championship standings and given the club hope of securing promotion to the Premier League for the first time.
Wagner’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, as he’s earned praise across English football, and West Ham are considering the option of giving him the reigns if they decide to move on from Slaven Bilic.
Will Bilic stay?
The question on everybody’s lips at the moment is whether Slaven Bilic will be allowed to see out the final year on his deal, as the Hammers have suffered three consecutive defeats in the Premier League and sit mid-table.
For a side that pushed for European involvement last season, bowing out at the qualifying stages of the Europa League this term, that decline is seen as inexcusable and the Hammers face a real challenge to establish themselves as contenders for continental future again in the coming years.
West Ham’s decision on Bilic could see the Croatian boss moved on in the summer and the Hammers could adjust their plans, eyeing a young, exciting manager like David Wagner instead of the big-names they’ve previously targeted.
Would Wagner be a good fit?
West Ham are in need of a new lease of life and giving the chance to a young manager could end up being an extremely good move for the Hammers, with the club in search of a new identity following their move away from the Boelyn Ground to the London Stadium.
Passionate, determined and with a style similar to Jurgen Klopp, Wagner is a hands-on manager who focuses on pressure and fitness with his players, often holding two training sessions a day that mimic weekend kick-off times.
That approach could provide the spark that the Hammers are lacking and would give the club something different, creating a tightly-knitted bunch that has the capability to cause real problems for the opposition and having a bond that is incredibly difficult to break down.