So who will replace Zola in the Summer?
IF we stay up the list goes something like:
The Croatia manager remains popular in east London after a successful 18-month, 48-game spell with the Hammers before moving to Everton in the summer of 1997.
Bilic, 41, has been linked with the job at Upton Park on a number of occasions this year after failing to steer his national side to this summer’s World Cup.
…and just 12 years later gets an informal job offer from Hammers legend Sir Trevor Brooking
However, the Davids Gold and Sullivan will have a job on their hands to prise him away from his current role. Bilic has made it clear he wants to stay on and secure a place at the European Championships in 2012.
‘It’s my country. The players, the staff and the majority of fans want me to stay that’s why I decided to carry on. I’m proud to manage my country. I love this job.’
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Hughes has been linked with a number of roles since his controversial departure from Manchester City back in December.
West Ham’s co-owners were believed to be considering him for the role as soon as they took the reigns in January but kept faith in Zola, a decision they may come to regret.
The former Blackburn and Wales boss, 46, turned down the job at Hull City in March, fearing his reputation would be tarnished if the Tigers were relegated.
If Sullivan and Gold could guarantee Hughes transfer funds he would certainly be tempted but the chance to move to Aston Villa if Martin O’Neill departs is his preferred choice.
Steve McClaren: On the verge of winning FC Twentes first ever title
McClaren’s reputation lay in tatters after his early exit from the England job, failure to qualify for the European Championships in 2008 saw the former Middlesbrough boss banished.
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But he has flourished in Holland where his side are now just one win away from lifting the Eredivisie title and has been installed as the bookies’ favourite to take over in the summer – should West Ham stay up.
Granted he was the boss who took Middlesbrough down last season but Southgate’s standing in football remains solid after he was somewhat harshly dealt with by Boro chairman Steve Gibson.
Southgate was sacked last October, just hours after a 2-0 victory over Derby County, with the club lying fourth place in the Championship and a point off top-spot.
The Davids have a track record employing British managers and see Southgate, 39, as the young face to rejuvenate players who are under a dark cloud.
Rapidly emerging as a likely contender for the role, McLeish ticks many of the boxes for the Hammers’ co-owners.
They stuck with him despite Birmingham’s relegation in 2008, and they have been impressed with the way he has developed the team at Birmingham.
They won promotion in his first full season and have thrived this year on a very tight budget.
However, McLeish would only move if the West Ham stayed up and with considerable funds available to him in the summer, he may feel best placed to sit tight at St Andrew’s.