West Ham United co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold could face something of a managerial dilemma.

Before Manuel Pellegrini was sacked back in December last year, West Ham were being heavily linked with Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

Dyche was one of several managers being linked with replacing Pellegrini at the West Ham helm.

But The Guardian claimed Dyche was very keen to speak to the Hammers.

The report stated Dyche had put himself forward for the West Ham job should it become available.

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Dyche wanted West Ham job

Reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee backed up the story, claiming it was indeed true.

“Yes he apparently approached us,” ExWHUemployee said when asked whether The Guardian’s Dyche claim was true.

“There are ways to get your interest know(n) without doing it directly.”

In the end West Ham did sack Pellegrini. But they brought back out of work David Moyes for a second spell instead.

That did not go down well with supporters who accused West Ham’s unpopular owners of going with the cheap option.


Although performances were slowly starting to improve, results have not been better under Moyes.

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Many Hammers fans still unconvinced by Moyes

West Ham were 16th in the table when the Premier League shutdown.

And the Hammers are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference with nine games to play.

Many fans are still not convinced Moyes is the man for the job long-term.

So West Ham could face something of quandary after Dyche refused to rule out leaving Burnley in an interview on the Eamonn and the Gaffers podcast.

“It’s how far you can keep the journey going, where it can it go. So there’s a reality to that,” Dyche told Eamonn and the Gaffers podcast when asked about his future.

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Dyche dilemma for Sullivan and Gold after admission?

“If the opportunity to come to somewhere that I thought would really enhance my chances as a manager to continue improving and continue testing myself, who knows?

“You have to know what the realities are. There have been recent stories that are nothing to do with me. But they do come around now and again, but I’m still at Burnley Football Club. So I can say I’ve been asked many times over the years but I’m still at Burnley.”

If Dyche is waiting for the right offer and has already made it clear just a few months ago that he wanted the West Ham job then he would certainly see the London Stadium as a place he could ‘enhance his chances as a manager’.

It is a question now for Sullivan and Gold. Where do they see this project going under Moyes?

Perhaps the financial impact of the global health crisis means Dyche has become an even more attractive proposition given his brilliant work on a shoestring budget at Burnley.

Moyes was only handed an 18-month deal. So Sullivan and Gold will certainly have a decision to make about the long-term manager sooner rather than later.

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