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West Ham could look to replace David Moyes with Middlesborough manager Michael Carrick if they choose to part ways with their Scottish manager, according to the latest report in The Times.
Carrick, who made over 150 appearances for the Hammers early in his career, is currently in his first permanent coaching position with Middlesbrough and is viewed favorably as a replacement for Moyes.
The 59-year-old has been with the club since 2017, albeit with an 18-month sabbatical during which Manuel Pellegrini oversaw the east London club.
Carrick to Come In If Moyes Sacked
Despite getting the club into the European positions in previous seasons, he has struggled to maintain a solid grasp and the club find themselves in a relegation battle in the Premier League.
West Ham are now 16th in the league table, one point above the relegation zone.
A demoralizing 4-0 loss to the in-form Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend has strengthened the case that Moyes should leave the club for fear the side are relegated.
With this in mind, Middlesbrough may have difficulty retaining their manager, who has performed admirably since his October appointment.
The club have been a side transformed since the arrival of the Manchester United icon, rocketing up the table from 21st to third in the Championship.
Since Carrick has come in, the club have lost only five times in all competitions, and his tactical acumen has earned him the top slot on the February shortlist for Championship manager of the month.
Carrick previously worked as United’s assistant manager. He was appointed caretaker manager in November 2021 following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal, and supervised a near-perfect record.
United’s victory over Villarreal in the Champions League advanced the Red Devils to the round of 16 and in the Premier League the Lancashire side defeated Arsenal and drew with Chelsea.
Before to Carrick’s retirement in 2018, Moyes coached his rumored replacement during his tough tenure as United manager following the departure of fellow-Scot Alex Ferguson.
Jordan’s Take on Carrick Situation
As links between the Hammers and Carrick emerged, Daily Mail correspondent Simon Jordan spoke on talkSPORT about the possible job for Carrick at West Ham.
Jordan claimed that it would be a “fool’s errand” for Carrick.
“Would I replace David Moyes with Michael Carrick? Well first and foremost that’s assuming that Michael Carrick would leave Middlesbrough to go to West Ham,” he said.
“Carrick is certainly kicking backside and taking numbers at Middlesbrough,” Jordan added, “But to ask him to step in to a situation at West Ham because currently he looks good at Middlesbrough, for me is a fool’s errand.’
News that the Irons may be looking to get rid of their current manager comes against the backdrop of the club’s vice-chair Karren Brady’s assessment of the season as “disappointing” considering the “extraordinarily” expensive summer transfer window.
Though they are battling relegation in the English top-flight, West Ham are still in contention for Europa Conference League glory, having defeat AEC Larnaca away from home on Thursday evening.
As links to Carrick emerge, the result will have been a boost to Moyes in his aim to stay as manager.