Enzo Maresca could become West Ham’s caretaker manager if Manuel Pellegrini is sacked, according to The Guardian.

Pellegrini is under increasing pressure as West Ham continue to slide towards the relegation zone. With just one win since September, Pellegrini could be sacked after this weekend.

West Ham travel to Southampton at the weekend and a loss would spell the end of Pellegrini’s reign. If Pellegrini departs, Maresca – who is West Ham’s second assistant coach – is likely to take over on an interim basis.

Enzo Maresca masterminds win over Chelsea

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Maresca was the brains behind the win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. According to this report, he devised a tactical plan to force Chelsea out wide and it resulted in a 1-0 win.

 

But Pellegrini resorted to his own tactics for the upcoming games against Wolves and Arsenal. Both of those finished in defeat for the struggling Irons.

Maresca, 39, played under Pellegrini at Sevilla. The Italian former midfielder runs some of the training sessions and the players reportedly respect him, telling the club that they enjoy his sessions.

If Pellegrini departs, Maresca could find himself in the hot seat with West Ham in a relegation battle. He might not be a permanent candidate but he could get another chance to show his tactical nous.

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