According to a report from Football Insider, West Ham are ready to appoint former players Steve Potts and Kevin Keen as interim managers, should they lose to Southampton on Saturday.

The Hammers are currently in free fall.

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They have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games, and have fallen down to 16th spot in the table, just one point clear of the drop zone.

Manuel Pellegrini is a man under real pressure. The West Ham fans have had enough of the Chilean and his refusal to change systems.

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Manuel Pellegrini (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

He is past his best. That is clear to see. And now seems like the ideal time for a change.

The Hammers board are prepared to see how their team get on at Southampton before making a decision on Pellegrini’s future, however, according to the Guardian.


And Football Insider claims that West Ham will go down the former player route if Pellegrini leaves by appointing Steve Potts and Kevin Keen on a temporary basis.

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Steve Potts (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It is a trend that is very much in vogue at the moment. Chelsea did it with Frank Lampard, Manchester United did it with Ole Gunnar Solskjær and most recently Arsenal have done it with Freddie Ljungberg.

Potts has managed the club’s under 21’s and under 23’s after enjoying a legendary career at West Ham, making 399 league appearances in the process.

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Kevin Keen the caretaker manager of West Ham United (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Keen, meanwhile, spent 10 years playing for the Hammers, and is currently managing the under 18 side.

He has also been caretaker manager of West Ham on three separate occasions.

The duo would be fairly popular short-term appointments, and they would definitely bring a feel good factor back to the club.

If West Ham beat Southampton on Saturday, however, it seems as though Pellegrini will live to fight another day.

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