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Swansea City may turn a recently-fired Premier League manager, but perhaps not the one many expected when the Welsh side fired Paul Clement.
Countryman Tony Pulis is not in the running for the gig, according to the BBC, which is an eyebrow-raiser considering the veteran PL manager recently hit the market after being fired by West Brom.
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Yet there are two other men who started the year with PL clubs in the discussion: Short-lived Crystal Palace boss Frank De Boer and longer-running West Ham man Slaven Bilic.
De Boer didn’t get much time to sort himself out at Palace and was without talisman Wilfried Zaha for some of the run, but has seen quick exits from his last two managerial gigs after a good career at Ajax (itself dealing managerial instability this week).
As for Bilic, the colorful personality led West Ham to the Europa League but didn’t make it out of qualifying and could not rediscover that success last season or early this season.
Leon Britton is the current caretaker boss, a 15-year veteran of the Swans set-up.
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has returned to West Ham training following his recovery from a hamstring injury, and is expected to be ready to play this coming weekend against Chelsea.
The club posted a video of Chicharito back in training on their official Twitter account, although slightly embarrassingly, they showed video of him taking shooting practice, and of the six shots he took on video, none of them found the back of the net.
According to ESPN’s injury expert Ben Dinnery, Chicharito should be ready to go on Saturday for the Hammers’ visit to Stamford Bridge. The 29-year-old has been out since injuring his hamstring on international duty in mid-November, in a 3-3 friendly draw against Belgium. He has missed four Premier League matches, during which the Hammers have scored just two goals and have earned just a single point.
Chicharito has not played since Slaven Bilic was fired and David Moyes took over, so it will be interesting to see how the Scottish manager utilizes his new piece up front. A large part of Bilic’s downfall was the inability to effectively deploy both Hernandez and Andy Carroll in the same lineup, often wasting Chicharito out wide where his poaching abilities were minimized. Carroll is currently injured, so Moyes will not yet be tested with that scenario, and will welcome Hernandez’s return, already forced to play winger Michail Antonio as a striker against Manchester City due to a lack of options.
Hernandez was at Manchester United when Moyes took over for Sir Alex Ferguson, and was used only sparingly before being loaned to Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen months later. It would seem much harder for Moyes to keep Chicharito sidelined this time around, with the attacking options incredibly thin and the team looking for some kind of attacking spark.
New West Ham boss David Moyes knows his hiring to save the Irons season can also save his reputation.
Moyes has seen that slide since leaving Everton for Manchester United, washing out at Old Trafford before suffering the same fates at Real Sociedad and Sunderland.
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Speaking at a Wednesday press conference, Moyes talked about his past — he says he should’ve done better research before agreeing to manage Sunderland — before letting the West Ham players know it’s time to put on their work boots.
This after expressing admiration for his friend, fired West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.
From The London Evening Standard:
“The players have got to show they’re good enough to play for West Ham and in this stadium. Our biggest challenge is Watford. The games come thick and fast. We have a tough period coming up – I have to get myself ready.”
All that said, Moyes said West Ham shouldn’t be flirting with the drop zone, and he’ll be able to calm down the squad.
“I saw franticness,” Moyes said. “There’ll be no favors. They don’t run they won’t play.”
Moyes importantly said he spoke with West Ham vice chairman Karren Brady, who was critical of his crass comments to a female reporter last season as Sunderland boss. Moyes said they discussed the comments a while ago, well before he was in consideration for the job, and that they did not talk about them this week.
West Ham United is expected to give David Moyes the keys to the car.
The Irons parted ways with Slaven Bilic on Monday, a day after Everton’s win sunk West Ham into the Premier League’s Bottom Three.
Moyes admitted interest in the job on Sunday.
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The BBC says that Moyes, the ex-Everton, Sunderland, and Manchester United manager, will reportedly take over on an interim basis until the conclusion of this season.
West Ham will come out of the international break with a visit to Watford, then host Leicester City. A Moyes reunion at Everton is next on Nov. 29 before a murderer’s row of Man City (A), Chelsea (H), and Arsenal (H).
The Irons are 18th in the Premier League with nine points, a point back of West Brom and Bournemouth and two behind Everton.