Speculation has been rife about the future of West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini.

A host of managers have been linked with replacing the Chilean in the Hammers hotseat.

A run of seven games – and two miserable months – without a win has seen some supporters call for change.

Shambolic back-to-back defeats to Newcastle and Burnley have left West Ham at a crossroads over their manager.

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Owners at a crossroads over Pellegrini future

Owners David Sullivan and David Gold are reportedly backing him for now (BBC Sport).

But fans have been turning on the board and that may not bode well for Pellegrini.

Football Insider this week claimed agents have been inundating Sullivan with calls putting their clients forward as potential replacements.

Pellegrini has moved from favourite down to third in the Premier League sack race behind Ralph Hasenhuttl and Unai Emery.

But defeat to bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur next week could change everything.

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Benitez the favourite

As the old saying goes ‘the bookmakers are never wrong’.

So here we take a look at who the bookmakers have on their list in the ‘next West Ham manager’ betting should Pellegrini be axed according to The Sack Race.

And there are some surprising names in the hat.

 

The favourite at the moment is Rafa Benitez with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe second favourite.

David Moyes – who replaced Slaven Bilic at West Ham to save the club from relegation in 2017/18 – is third in the running. Another manager with Premier League experience Javi Gracia is fourth.

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Could Hammers tempt Howe?

Boyhood West Ham fan and former player Lee Bowyer, who is doing a marvellous job at Charlton, is joint fifth in the betting alongside another boyhood Hammer, Danny Cowley – now at Huddersfield.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is also joint fifth although the animosity between his boyhood club Blades and West Ham could make that unlikely.

Former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac and Jose Mourinho are joint sixth on the list.

England women’s boss Phil Neville is the surprise name in the frame. But thankfully he is one of the outsiders.

Paolo Di Canio, Steven Gerrard, Martin O’Neill and Sam Allardyce are also in the betting as rank outsiders alongside Arsene Wenger and Alan Curbishley.

Of all the names on the list there is no doubt most West Ham fans would love Howe.

The young, hugely impressive boss has proved a miracle worker at little old Bournemouth.

Whether he would see West Ham as a big enough step up remains to be seen. And the lack of spending from the West Ham owners during their 10-year tenure may also put him off.

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