Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan believes it would be a massive coup if West Ham were able to persuade Mauricio Pochettino to make the move to the London Stadium.
There were reports in the English media on Friday that the Hammers had enquired about the Argentine’s interest in the job, and Whelan thinks it would transform the club if he was in the frame to replace Manuel Pellegrini:
“I can see Pochettino at West Ham, actually. Why not? If West Ham have ambition – and they tell us they do – who knows what’s possible. He’s available, they have the money to pay him what he earned at Tottenham and he might fancy it for the rest of the season.”
“I’ve heard his name mentioned. It could be huge for West Ham if they get him, a total gamechanger.”
Pochettino is not believed to be a candidate despite claims to the contrary. The names on West Ham’s list of potential candidates are far less glamorous.
Ex-Brighton boss Chris Hughton, former manager David Moyes and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe are the three leading contenders. A more exotic name may enter the picture at some point, but that name is not likely to be Pochettino.
The ex-Spurs head coach is said to be looking to take a break from football before returning at the start of next season.