According to a report from The Mirror, West Ham United have earmarked Michael Carrick as their potential next manager.
David Moyes is currently in charge at the London Stadium, but is under immense scrutiny from the Hammers’ fanbase after a series of poor results this season.
The Scottish boss, who guided the Irons to back-to-back top-seven finishes in the last two seasons, has only led his side to only six wins from 25 matches, chalking up just 23 points on the board.
The Hammers registered a morale-boosting 4-0 victory over Nottingham Forest last month, with Danny Ings, Declan Rice and Michael Antonio all getting on the scoresheet.
They looked to have turned the corner, however, their subsequent defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend was just as emphatic as Roberto De Zerbi’s side thrashed them 4-0 at the Amex Stadium.
As per Sunday Mirror, West Ham have identified Carrick as their preferred pick if they decide to part ways with Moyes after his excellent work with Middlesbrough.
The former Manchester United midfielder has done a transformational job at Middlesbrough. Boro were in deep relegation trouble with just 17 points from 16 games played when he was first appointed.
However, the 41-year-old made an instant impression at the Championship club, leading them to 15 wins from 20 matches.
That strong run has lifted Boro to third in the Championship standings, and they are now favourites to gain promotion to the greener pastures of the Premier League.
The former England international also managed Manchester United in interim capacity after Solskjaer left his role in November 2021, notably leading the Red Devils to wins over Villarreal in the Champions League and Arsenal in the Premier League.
With the work he has done with the team over the last few seasons, Moyes appears to still have some credit left in the bank, as he continues to have the support of West Ham hierarchy for the time being.
In truth, it’s befuddling why the Hammers haven’t yet taken the action.
It might sound harsh, but this season hasn’t been good enough for Moyes to stay.
Moyes has been given plenty of lives, but he has failed to change their fortunes this season.
Carrick would be a solid appointment to steer the ship going forward, and has impressed with cool, collected, and measured demeanour, coupled with tactical nous.