West Ham United have now identified West Brom coach Carlos Corberan as a candidate to replace David Moyes. The Irons are not yet set to sack the Scot but like the Baggies boss.
That is according to The Sun, which reports the London Stadium outfit still backs Moyes to turn their season around. But the Hammers wish to have a backup plan in mind should the 59-year-old prove unable to steer the ship away from the Premier League relegation zone.
West Ham currently sit outside of the bottom three just on goal difference to Everton after 18 games. They have won only four fixtures so far this term and drawn three for 15 points. While the Toffees have won three and drawn six but have scored 14 to the Irons’ 15 goals.
A 2-2 draw at Leeds United last Wednesday also ended a five-match Premier League losing streak for West Ham. The Irons secured their only win in their last nine top-flight games on October 24 at home to AFC Bournemouth. The 2-0 win put the Hammers 10th in the table.
Now, pressure is mounting on Moyes to pull West Ham clear of the relegation zone and to avoid the sack. Owner David Sullivan and the board will give the Scot time to turn the term around. But if results do not improve, they could look elsewhere with Corberan an option.
West Ham admire West Brom boss Corberan as a long-term candidate to replace Moyes if they sack the Glasgow-born coach. But any move for the 39-year-old is unlikely to come in the current campaign. Instead, the Irons are pondering him as a successor for next season.
The Hammers like Corberan as he has worked wonders for the Baggies since taking charge at The Hawthorns in October. West Brom appointed the Valencian to replace Steve Bruce with the club 23rd in the Championship. Yet he now has the West Midlands team in ninth.
West Brom have also won eight and lost two of their 10 second-tier fixtures under the ex-Huddersfield Town head coach. He took the Terriers to the Championship play-off final in 2022 before losing to Nottingham Forest. The Spaniard then resigned from his role in July.
Olympiacos would appoint Corberan in August having impressed while at the John Smith’s Stadium. Yet the former Leeds United U21 coach from 2017 to 2020 would only stay until September when sacked having only won four of his mere 11 matches in all competitions.
Coaching in the Championship has been a far healthier fit for Corberan, who Danny Cowley called ‘outstanding’ last May. Huddersfield won 35 and drew 26 of their 96 regular-season games under the Spaniard. While West Brom have so far scored 14 goals to four conceded.