REID IS SHOCK OPTION FOR WEST HAM BOSS
PETER REID has emerged as a shock contender to become West Ham’s new manager.
The former Manchester City and Sunderland boss has come onto the radar of West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan as they assess who should replace Gianfranco Zola in the summer.
It is an open secret that Zola and assistant Steve Clarke will be on their way at the end of the season, even if the Hammers secure Premier League survival.
The club’s first choice to take over was former Blackburn and City boss Mark Hughes but he has indicted that he would not be keen on taking over at Upton Park.
FC Twente’s Steve McClaren is another target, but the former England boss wants to continue re-building his reputation on the continent.
Slaven Bilic was the third name on West Ham’s shortlist, but the club have reservations because of his lack of experience in club management.
So West Ham, who tried and failed to lure Graeme Souness and Glenn Hoddle on short-term fire-fighting deals six weeks ago, need alternatives, and Reid is certainly an option.
Once the club examines his CV they will realise his credentials to rebuild the club on a sensible budget are hugely impressive – despite having been out of top-level club management for five years.
He achieved plenty during his spells at Manchester City and then Sunderland. Recently he has been working as Tony Pulis’s deputy at Stoke.
Now, I understand the West Ham job would appeal to him. And his gritty man-management, ability to buy and sell players on a budget, and preference for a passing game, would certainly appeal to West Ham’s new owners.