5) Ronald Koeman
The Dutchman’s reputation may have been tarnished to an extent due to his sacking at Everton, but in fairness, things were not going to be as smooth just by spending extravagantly in the summer as the Merseyside club had. Despite their spending, the club did not buy an appropriate replacement for the departed hitman Romelu Lukaku and as such, the Toffees failed to gel cohesively without a proper striker in the side. In addition, the fixtures too did not do any good to their cause having to face top six in the first nine games. It is indeed easy to forget that Koeman’s signing from Saints, where he had done an excellent job replacing Pochettino, was considered as a major coup. Only six months earlier, the Dutchman had been considered a viable candidate to replace Luis Enrique at Barcelona. In any case though, his appointment would have certainly appeased the Hammers faithful as Koeman is a stern and confident manager, something the London club desperately needed.
4) Thomas Tuchel
Proclaimed as the ‘German Guardiola’, Tuchel is the flag bearer of Germany’s production of young and exciting managers. Indeed, the former Mainz manager has made a name for himself ever since he came to helm at Mainz. He guided a mid-table side to the Europa league place before departing after four exciting seasons. He took over from Juergen Klopp at Dortmund and despite the big size of shoes to fill in at Westfalenstadion, he managed the side with great aplomb. Dortmund, under him, played some of the best football and were tactically supreme in big games against Real Madrid and Bayern. He marked off his time in Dortmund with a huge win over Bayern in the DFB cup semi-final before defeating Frankfurt in the final to win his first major trophy. After falling out with Watzke and Zorc, Tuchel was relieved of his duties. He has been linked with a top job at Bayern or Chelsea or even Arsenal at times and would have been a master class move by West Ham chairman, Sullivan.
3) Frank De Boer
Having won four league titles with Ajax, De Boer was highly praised for his total football philosophy at the Amsterdam Arena. But his stock has seen a remarkable fall ever since he moved to Inter. Taking over a mess, De Boer was sacked after just 77 days, which was astonishing given his achievements. Another horrible term at Crystal Palace followed when he was sacked after just 4 games, exemplifying how football has become a business. While trying new things in a precarious situation like West Ham find themselves in would have been a major risk, but in the long run, it could have potentially changed the club’s dimensions.
2) Luiz Felipe Scolari
Luiz Felipe Scolari had a solitary season at Chelsea, finishing fourth in the premier league but faced the sack after Roman Abramovich was not convinced by his playing style. One of the most senior figures in world football, Scolari commands immense respect due to his major achievements, the apogee of which is the world cup he won with Brazil in ’02. One of the lowest points of his career was the 7-1 defeat to Germany in the last world cup, which led to many doubts about his ability. But he has since won three CSL titles in as many years and would certainly have been a better choice than David Moyes.
1) Laurent Blanc
Having won 15 major honours and four straight Ligue 1 titles with PSG, Laurent Blanc would be a top choice for any club but apparently West Ham did not consider him, which is shocking to say the least. Unai Emery’s struggles at PSG prove that it is no easy task managing the galaxy of stars in Parc De Paris. Under Blanc, the club played superb attacking football; however, it was their failure to advance in the Champions league that cost him his job. The former Manchester United player’s managerial ability can be much better understood with the double he won with Bordeaux. He would have been a major signing and a signal of intent by the Hammers board.