West Ham United were heavily linked with a move to make former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino their new manager back in December.
Instead West Ham went with the unpopular decision to bring back David Moyes for a second spell. While Spurs moved on from the Pochettino era by appointing Jose Mourinho.
The appointment of Moyes was criticised by Hammers fans who were quick to point out that he was not deemed progressive enough the first time around.
West Ham ‘wanted’ Pochettino to replace Pellegrini
The Scot had been in the football wilderness since.
Pochettino meanwhile had completely transformed Tottenham into Champions League regulars and a genuine Premier League force.
The Star claimed Pochettino rebuffed West Ham’s approach back in December.
But the coveted boss told beIN Sports he had not rejected anyone and was ‘open to all offers’ while he took a break from the game.
Many West Ham fans feel Moyes just is not the right man to lead the club forward.
The Hammers are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference with nine games to play.
Ex Tottenham boss leaves door wide open for West Ham
Now new comments from Pochettino have left the door open for West Ham. And the Hammers must show some ambition and throw their hat in the ring for the brilliant young boss.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Pochettino revealed his plan is to remain in London AND he insists he is open to managing a club outside the top six.
He also said having a monsterous transfer budget – like is reportedly on offer at Newcastle United – is not his priority.
“The most important thing is we are ready. We are open to listen and see what happens,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.
“I love England. My idea is to keep living in London. But at the same time I am open to different countries, to listen and see what happens.
“In the end, when we are waiting for a new offer, and we are capable of providing what a club expects from us, we are going to be very happy. Then the important thing is like what happened at Tottenham, that we create a unique philosophy together.
“I don’t think too much about that (having a big transfer budget). For me it is about the human capital, that you need to stick with us. After that all is possible, you can deal with everything. If we are going to talk about budgets or money, football is not about that. Of course it helps but when you start to work towards your objectives, you need to be clever in the way that you are going to sign this. If you want to win the Champions League and Premier League or be competitive, you need to be creative, clever and assign a philosophy that is different to others.
“The problem is which club are top six? It always changes. Today Tottenham and Arsenal are not in the top six. You need to respect all the clubs. They are all working so hard, investing and spending money. They all assign a new strategy each season to reach the top four, top six or top eight. You cannot underestimate any person, any institute or any club. That is why the Premier League is one of the toughest – all the clubs have the capacity to find a way to be competitive.”
Sullivan and Gold must at least test the water
West Ham certainly need to be creative in the transfer market.
And with the club looking to build a new young West Ham side to last for the long-term, who better than Pochettino to do it?
Realistically West Ham is the only London club that could potentially be looking for a new manager. Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta are in for the long haul at Chelsea and Arsenal.
And with 60,000 fans at every home game, West Ham are unquestionably a much bigger draw than Crystal Palace.
If West Ham are going to spend any money in the next window it should be on recruiting a truly top class modern manager.
David Sullivan and David Gold were able to lure Pellegrini. So why not Pochettino?
They would be mad not to at least try.