‘Big Sam’ is not a favourite with the home faithful.
Relegation-threatened West Ham United are lining up a move for former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay to take over from under-pressure manager Sam Allardyce in the Upton Park hot seat, according to exclusive reports in the Daily Star on Sunday.
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Despite the east London club’s crucial 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Cardiff in the Premier League on Saturday – a result which lifted the Hammers out of the drop zone, if only on goal difference from the Bluebirds – it is understood that the club’s owners are still planning on sacking the unpopular Allardyce.
And the man that co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan are said to be lining up is the former West Ham centre-back Mackay, with the highly rated Scot now available after his own recent dismissal by the South Wales outfit.
The Hammers bosses feel that the 41-year-old would be the ideal coach to be able to keep the ailing club in the top flight, although it is believed that Mackay himself is in no great rush to return to top-level management just yet.
For one thing, Mackay is still in the middle of a messy dispute with his former employers over the manner of his departure from the Welsh club, while the up-and-coming trainer is also thought to be currently weighing up other offers from abroad.