Comments from ex Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will put West Ham on alert and pile the pressure on David Moyes.
Argentine Pochettino is still revered by fans of West Ham’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the magnificent job he did in north London.
Pochettino’s Spurs side played exciting, front-foot attacking football – a world away from the style of current Tottenham boss Antonio Conte and Hammers manager Moyes.
The Scot is a man under serious pressure at West Ham with the club just one point off the bottom three going into the World Cup break.
West Ham’s majority stakeholder David Sullivan publicly backed Moyes when speaking to Hammers News recently.
That was before further defeats to Blackburn reserves in the Carabao Cup and Leicester.
High level West Ham insiders claim Moyes’ job will be on the line if they lose to Arsenal and fail to take six points from the three games immediately after when the Premier League resumes.
Spurs have have been through three managers since Pochettino’s departure while he endured a tough period in charge of European giants PSG.
He was relieved of his duties in Paris having failed to win the Champions League and losing a title race to Lille.
Last month it was reported that West Ham were reportedly eyeing a move to replace Moyes with former Tottenham boss Pochettino.
A report from Jeunes Footeux claimed that the Hammers have tested the waters for the Argentinian who remains out of work.
Moyes will be under huge strain to turn things around immediately when domestic action resumes. Even more so after Poch’s appearance on BBC at the World Cup.
Now comments from ex Spurs boss Pochettino will put West Ham on alert and pile the pressure on Moyes.
Speaking to Gary Lineker on BBC, West Ham-linked Pochettino ominously declared he is ready to return to management after the World Cup.
“I am still so young!” Pochettino told Lineker on the BBC’s World Cup coverage.
“After Paris we decide to wait until after the World Cup (to return to management).
“Paris was a tough experience, a great experience, but tough, and you need to process every single thing (when making a decision).”
Links to former Spurs boss Poch have divided some West Ham fans.
Many believe he is exactly the sort of attack-minded manager the Hammers need who could get the best out of an expensively assembled squad.
Others feel he is overrated and proved a flop at PSG.
One thing is for certain, though, Pochettino’s public declaration that he intends to return to the dugout will not be lost on those in the West Ham boardroom, regardless of what might be said elsewhere.