West Ham United’s clash with Arsenal tonight is threatening to become a sideshow for managerial posturing.
Unai Emery paid the price for overseeing Arsenal’s worst run for more than 40 years.
And West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is the favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked after overseeing just one win in 10 games.
West Ham have nosedived from third to 16th and are now just one point above the relegation zone.
Rafa in town for clash of his suitors
Sky Sports confirmed on Sunday that Rafa Benitez, who has been strongly linked as a managerial candidate for both West Ham and the Gunners, will be the guest on Monday Night Football.
And ahead of the game at the London Stadium another manager said to be on the list of candidates for West Ham, Niko Kovac, is also reportedly going to be in attendance.
Kovac, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last month, will be in the crowd according to Claret and Hugh.
Kovac joins the managerial posturing sideshow
The website, which regularly quotes a top level source inside West Ham – believed to be co-owner David Sullivan – claims: “His attendance tonight is likely to fuel further speculation that he could be a candidate to become Arsenal’s new permanent manager or a possible replacement for Manuel Pellegrini were he to be sacked.”
Whether Sullivan has leaked the info to C&H or not we don’t know. It may well have come from a different source.
But making it publicly known Kovac will be present could be a pressure tactic from the Hammers hierarchy.
Pressure tactic or Kovac putting throwing his hat in the ring?
It is underhanded. But an example of the cut-throat nature of modern-day football.
If West Ham lose against Arsenal they face improving Southampton next.
Defeat at St Mary’s could then see West Ham dragged into the bottom three for Christmas with no more games until the Boxing Day clash against Leicester.