West Ham Make 'Contact' With Hellas Verona Manager as Pressure Mounts on David Moyes

​West Ham are said to have made 'contact' with Hellas Verona's Ivan Jurić, with the pressure increasing on David Moyes as they reach the business end of the season. 

The Hammers parted ways with Manuel Pellegrini in late December after a poor start to the season, and he was replaced by Moyes the following day. 

Moyes, on his return to the club, won his first game in charge - a resounding 4-0 win over Bournemouth. However, since then, the Londoners have managed to claim all three points in just one of their following eight league games under the Scotsman's management.


The victory over the Saints last weekend saw ​West Ham move out of the relegation zone and up into 16th place, level on points with 18th-placed Bournemouth. 

However, Calciomercato (via ​Sport Witness) report that the Hammers' continued flirtation with the drop-zone under Moyes has pushed the club's decision-makers to make 'contact' with possible alternative bosses.

The report claims that the manager of interest is Hellas Verona's Jurić. The 44-year-old former Croatia international is said to be liked 'very much' in the ​Premier League, with Jurić seen as a 'revelation' in ​Serie A. His Hellas Verona side currently sit in eighth place in the league, just four points behind sixth-placed Napoli. 

Moreover, they are undefeated in their last nine league games. During this run, they held high-flying Lazio to a goalless draw before overcoming Juventus 2-1 just three days later. 

Ivan Juric

Prior to taking over at Verona in 2019, Juric has had spells in charge of Genoa and Crotone, while he has also worked as an assistant manager at Inter under Gian Piero Gasperini.

There is no denying West Ham's struggles and it wouldn't necessarily be a surprise if the club were to make a move to bring in a new manager considering the run of results. However,​ after a bright display away to ​Liverpool followed by a crucial 3-1 win over Southampton, it is perhaps peculiar timing for the Hammers to be making 'contact' with a new manager. 

Nonetheless, what is clear is that Moyes needs to see his side build on the win over Southampton as he looks to guide them up the table. 

Source : 90min