West Ham eyeing 44-year-old manager Michael Owen has deemed ‘exceptional’

West Ham United are being linked with a number of managers amid David Moyes’ uncertain future at the London Stadium.

The Hammers are yet to win a game in 2024 and haven’t scored a single goal in their last three Premier League encounters, losing all three.

As reported by talkSPORT, some West Ham fans held banners saying ‘Moyes out’ as they watched their team slump to a 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest last weekend.

The report also names a few managers the Hammers are apparently looking at. While Bayern Munich’s Thomas Tuchel is the most prominent, there are other names doing the rounds.

One of those is Steve Cooper, who was most recently the manager of Forest. TalkSPORT say he is “another target” for West Ham, alongside Graham Potter and Julen Lopetegui.

The 44-year-old is currently unattached, having been sacked by the East Midlands club in December.

West Ham targeting ‘exceptional’ Steve Cooper

Although Cooper’s time at Forest ended on a low note, his sacking prompted a mixed reaction by fans, with plenty thinking he shouldn’t have been fired.

When Cooper took the Reds reins in September 2021, they were bottom of the Championship.

He got them into the Premier League via the playoffs that same season and kept them up the following year.

“I think Steve Cooper has done an exceptional job and I wouldn’t be shy of picking him again next year,” Michael Owen said on Premier League Productions in May.

“He’s an exceptional manager who has done well with a lot of changes in that squad.”

With Moyes’ West Ham contract running out at the end of the season, it looks increasingly less likely that he’ll stay on into the new season amid such a poor run of form.

Cooper wouldn’t be a bad shout for the Hammers. He’s a young manager with a fair bit of Premier League experience and is currently unattached, which means the East Londoners wouldn’t have to pay compensation to another club.

Gideon Canice

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