The real reason David Sullivan is so set on bringing Julen Lopetegui to West Ham may be a lot more sinister than anyone realised.

With West Ham’s embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Chelsea today, it is hard to imagine that David Moyes will recover. It may just have been the final nail in the coffin on his team in East London after an abysmal second half of the season.

However, as much as the phrase has been overused, the Hammers may need to be careful what they wish for. That’s not to say getting rid of Moyes is the wrong thing to do, his position is completely untenable, but it’s the fact that it is now in co-owner David Sullivan’s hands as to who replaces him.

While he’s never been the most popular figure amongst fans, the protests against him and his fellow owners had stopped completely over the past few years, but he now risks going back to those dark days.

It is well known that Tim Steidten, Mark Noble and the majority of fans’ first choice is Ruben Amorim but they’d be happy with bringing anyone in that shows a bit of ambition. Unfortunately, according to reports via Claret and Hugh, it is not an ambitious manager that the club will be going for, but an unemployed one whose potential signing for the Hammers would allegedly benefit a certain Will Salthouse.

Any West Ham fan will roll their eyes at the name Salthouse – he is an agent who has been involved in bringing many mediocre players to the club due to being close with Sullivan. Now, he is said to be pushing for his friend to appoint Julen Lopetegui, someone that would be a very unpopular replacement for Moyes.

If this is the case, then it is absolutely scandalous that Sullivan would make the most important managerial appointment in the club’s history to save himself money as well as to make Salthouse some. It is not something fans should tolerate and that’s probably why over 1000 people have already signed a petition against the Spaniard. With this news though, things could really ugly for Sullivan and, if it turns out to be true, rightfully so.

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