West Ham United director of football Mario Husillos is facing the sack according to a new report this afternoon.
The Guardian claims West Ham’s owners are so alarmed at their recent slump that they now have doubts over the future of recruitment chief Husillos.
The Argentine is a close ally of manager Manuel Pellegrini. The pair worked together at Malaga in the past.
Hammers in freefall
West Ham are without a win in six and have dropped like a stone from top four contention to 13th in the last two months.
The Hammers also face a daunting run of fixtures with a squad that has been exposed for lacking strength in depth in key areas.
Pellegrini has come under fire of late for his tactics and team selection.
But owners David Sullivan and David Gold have also been heavily criticised.
And it seems Husillos may be the man to pay the price, with his job.
Board preparing to axe Husillos but Pellegrini safe… for now?
Pellegrini, though, is ‘ in no danger of being sacked’ according to the Guardian with the board ‘determined to back their manager’.
The Guardian claims there is ‘unhappiness with (Husillos’s) work in the transfer market last summer and he faces a fight to retain ultimate responsibility for identifying signings in January’.
“After that, the club may look to review Husillos’s position,” the Guardian reports.
Central to the doubts seems to be the £24million signing of Spain international Pablo Fornals.
After winning the Under 21 European Championships in the summer, Fornals has struggled to adapt thus far.
Fornals sparks doubts
Many supporters argue he is being played out of position by Pellegrini. They feel Fornals is more suited to the second striker role. And there is evidence to support that claim given his success there for Spain and Villareal previously.
When Husillos was appointed as West Ham’s director of football in June last year he received big billing on the official website.
But it seems one bad window – where the owners handed Husillos and Pellegrini just £25million net to spend – as changed everything, if the Guardian’s report is to be believed.
West Ham are yet to comment on the speculation.