Should West Ham try to tempt Thomas Frank away from Brentford if the worst case scenario rears its ugly head against Leicester?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week you will know Moyes is a man under pressure.
Not necessarily from the person who matters most when it comes to deciding the Scot’s future – majority stakeholder David Sullivan.
He told Hammers News that the board “100 per cent” back their manager.
But that was before the cup exit to Blackburn’s reserves and reports of a mutinous atmosphere building from the likes of The Evening Standard.
Several reports claim Moyes’ future could hinge on this weekend’s crucial clash with Leicester.
Just a matter of weeks ago Leicester were marooned at the bottom of the table with a single point.
Brendan Rodgers has turned things around massively of late and the Foxes actually leapfrogged West Ham at the weekend.
That turnaround will in itself give Moyes and West Ham hope.
But it is the negative style and approach of Moyes – as well as woeful league form stretching back a full year – that has Hammers fans so frustrated – with many demanding change.
There has been talk in West Ham circles about who the club could go for as a replacement should the board peform a U-turn over the World Cup break.
Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino and Sean Dyche have all been mentioned.
Supporters feel West Ham need a more modern, progressive coach with an attack-minded philosophy.
So should West Ham try to tempt Thomas Frank away from Brentford if the worst case scenario rears its ugly head against Leicester?
By worst case scenario we are talking a taking thumping from the in-form Foxes.
Not only would that be a third home defeat on the bounce in all competitions but it would leave West Ham right in the relegation mix approaching the halfway stage of the season.
If West Ham did suffer a heavy defeat the pressure would intensify massively of that there is no doubt.
Would a manager like Frank be the answer.
The Dane was recently linked with taking over at Aston Villa following Steven Gerrard’s sacking. In the end they went for Unai Emery and there were mixed reports as to whether Frank would have been open to the job.
Staying in London at a far bigger club playing in front of 62,000 fans every other week and a squad full of international stars would surely appeal to Frank as a logical next step in his career.
He has done a fine job at Brentford who are seriously punching above their weight just being in the top flight. And it has all been done on a shoestring budget.
Frank is very much an attack-minded manager whose teams play attractive, quick passing football on the front foot.
Brentford are above West Ham in the table and have scored 21 goals this season – NINE more than the paltry 12 the Hammers have served up.
Frank knows how to get the best out of attacking players such as Said Benrahma, who he had at Brentford.
And while Gianluca Scamacca is forced to feed off scraps at front for West Ham, Frank’s teams are set up to provide their striker with plenty of service – just ask Ivan Toney.
A poor result to Leicester could call for a very Frank conversation over Moyes’ future.
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