West Ham has a strong desire to attract Paulo Fonseca from Lille as a potential replacement for David Moyes in the upcoming summer, writes the HITC.
The Portuguese coach, as reported by The Guardian, is being targeted by the east London club, and according to 90min, Moyes is expected to leave the London Stadium at the end of the season.
Following the emergence of these reports, an article from But! Football Club in France stated that West Ham has designated Fonseca as their primary target. Consequently, it can be assumed that the Hammers will be even more resolute in their pursuit of Paulo Fonseca as he garners recognition for his achievements.
At present, the 50-year-old Paulo Fonseca has been put forward as a nominee for the prestigious Ligue 1 Manager of the Season award. Since assuming the managerial position at Lille in June 2022, Fonseca has enjoyed a remarkable debut season.
Under his guidance, Lille has experienced a significant improvement, currently occupying the fifth position in Ligue 1 after finishing in tenth place the previous season. Fonseca’s approach has emphasized an exciting and attacking style of play, harnessing the potential of talented individuals within the team.
Players such as Jonathan David, Timothy Weah, and Angel Gomes have flourished under Fonseca’s leadership. As a result, Lille is now on track to secure qualification for the UEFA Europa League, further reflecting the positive impact of the coach’s strategies.
In addition to Paulo Fonseca, other notable nominees for the Ligue 1 Manager of the Season award include Igor Tudor from Marseille, Pascal Gastien from Clermont, Franck Haise from RC Lens, and Philippe Montanier from Toulouse.
Prior to his successful tenure at Lille, Paulo Fonseca had already demonstrated his capabilities during his stints at Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Roma. This track record suggests that his impressive performance this season is not merely a result of random circumstances.
Fonseca possesses the ability to integrate young, promising players with seasoned veterans, making him a sensible choice for West Ham as they aim to build upon the foundation established by Moyes and continue their progress.