Sean Dyche was one of the prime candidates to replace Manuel Pellegrini as West Ham United boss at the turn of the year.
And the Burnley manager was seriously interested too claimed The Guardian.
Dyche reportedly wanted the opportunity to speak to West Ham.
But owners David Sullivan and David Gold eventually took the unpopular decision to re-appoint David Moyes on an 18-month contract.
That was despite deeming the Scot not progressive enough for the Hammers after his first stint 18 months prior.
Dyche wanted West Ham opportunity but Hammers opted for ‘cheap’ Moyes
Burnley would likely have demanded a multi-million pound compensation figure for Dyche. The re-appointment of out-of-work Moyes was seen by fans as the owners taking the cheap option.
Moyes has taken a hounding in the press by former West Ham stars Rio Ferdinand, Javier Hernandez and Dean Ashton of late – read full story here.
It comes off the back of years of ridicule after failing at a string of clubs.
Moyes has found himself labelled as part of the managerial old school and deemed increasingly irrelevant and out of depth in the modern game.
Fans not happy over Moyes job guarantee
Moyes has failed to turn West Ham around since returning to the club. He has the lowest win percentage of any Hammers manager, albeit in difficult circumstances.
The Hammers are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference with nine games to play.
According to Claret & Hugh a top source inside West Ham – believed to be the owners themselves – told them Moyes will be the manager next season even if the club are relegated.
That did not go down well with some fans who feel he should be replaced even if West Ham stay up.
So should the Hammers reignite their interest in Dyche after a new report revealed the Clarets boss is at loggerheads with his bosses over player contracts (Daily Mail).
Dyche hinted during lockdown that his time at Burnley might be nearing an end (The Mirror).
Hammers should take advantage of Dyche’s Burnley fallout
And he is now said to be furious over the club’s reluctance to extend the contracts of several senior players whose deals expire this month.
Last month many West Ham fans made it clear they want Dyche as manager.
Dyche’s situation certainly opens the door for prospective clubs like West Ham.
And it leaves Sullivan and Gold facing something of a managerial dilemma.
Do they show ambition and appoint someone for the long-term who has been a huge success leading a small club like Burnley into Europe.
Or do they stick with Moyes in the hope he can somehow reverse a trend of failure since leaving Everton.