Former Upton Park player could be given the task or returning the club to the Premier League.
Former West Ham United defender Chris Hughton has emerged as a serious contender to be given the vacant manager’s role.
The Upton Park board see the 52-year-old as the ideal candidate to return the club back to the Premier League as he did with Newcastle United last season.
He is currently out of work after Newcastle owner Mike Ashley sacked him last December despite bringing stability to the Toon Army.
The Hammers’ co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan have turned their attentions to Hughton after their original favoured candidate Steve McClaren turned down the post.
“It is very flattering to be linked with a club of West Ham’s size and historic stature, also one that has tremendous fans,” McClaren said.
“However, at this moment in time I do not wish to be considered for the position. But I wish everybody at West Ham all the very best for the future.”