Pardew in frame for the cheap salary
WEST HAM have put together two lists of managerial replacements for Gianfranco Zola with Steve McClaren at the top of one if they stay up and Alan Pardew emerging as a shock contender if they go down.
Zola’s only hope of remaining at West Ham, it seems, is if they manage to stay in the Premier League while displaying some style in all three of their remaining games against Wigan, Fulham and Manchester City.
But just staying in the top-flight because three teams happen to be worse than them will not be considered a success and changes will still be made.
McClaren is first choice, but the Upton Park club must stay in the Premier League to stand any chance of appointing the former England boss and they would face competition from elsewhere.
If the Hammers are relegated, Pardew will be considered for an emotional return to the club. He spent three years there, taking them into the Premier League and the FA Cup final, before being sacked in December 2006.
Pardew still has a year of his contract to run at Southampton, but he has an uneasy relationship with Swiss executive chairman Nicola Cortese, who has criticised results even though the club started with a 10-point penalty and won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Pardew, who has also been linked with Celtic, has ,never made any secret of his desire to go back to
West Ham, but some decision-makers would need convincing that reappointing a former boss would be the right move.
McClaren, who is just one victory from winning the Dutch title with FC Twente, is already aware of the Hammers’ interest but has not considered his future beyond this season.