West Ham will consider a move to make Rafa Benitez their new manager if they lose patience with the under-fire Manuel Pellegrini.
The club have failed to build on a promising start to the season and have endured a torrid run of recent form, failing to win any of their past six league games to slip to just two places above the Premier League‘s bottom three.
Pellegrini was expected to oversee a season in which West Ham pushed towards the top six, however, his squad have performed well below expectations winning just three times in their opening 12 fixtures.
The pressure is beginning to mount of the former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss following the club’s poor run, and according to the Mirror, the Hammers are monitoring the situation of long-term target Benitez as a potential successor.
West Ham’s hierarchy had initially attempted to bring the Spaniard to the club following the departure of Sam Allardyce in 2015, though late interest from Real Madrid ensured the move never materialised.
After his short spell at the Bernabeu, Benitez subsequently spent just over three years in charge of Newcastle before joining Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang in July.
Despite having only been with his new side a matter of months and possessing a contract worth a reported £12m-a-year in the Far East, it is thought that former Liverpool boss Benitez would be interested in holding talks with West Ham regarding a potential return to the Premier League.
Pellegrini will be given the chance to turn the side’s fortunes around but results must start quickly, beginning with this weekend’s derby clash with Tottenham at the London Stadium.