Tony Cottee has spoken out against the West Ham board for the now likely appointment of Julen Lopetegui as manager.

The former Sevilla, Real Madrid and Spain boss is set to be named as the successor to David Moyes, after it was confirmed by the club that the Scot will depart east London in the summer, after 4.5 years since his return to the hotseat.

Despite Moyes delivering a trophy in his second tenure as boss, its felt by the vast majority that the time is right for a change, however former Hammer and The West Ham Way’s own Tony Cottee hasn’t held back on his views over the handling of Moyes’ exit and also the choice of replacement.

“What a totally an utterly uninspired choice of new Manager,” blasted Cottee on social media / X. “Although why are we surprised, the Board have already given us Avram Grant & Manuel Pelligrini.

“With a massive Summer ahead, in terms of squad rebuilding an ageing team, why would u not look at a dynamic young British Manager to piece it all together ? Carrick, O’Neill, McKenna & Potter not even mentioned … What a joke!”

Cottee went on to state that Moyes deserved a lot better, especially with the club publically engaging with other potential managers prior to announcing that Moyes will be departing at the end of the season.

“Hung out to dry our 3rd best Manager ever,” added the former Irons striker. “Publicly courting and talking to other Managers, is really poor and classless.

“The circus is fully back in town and 14 years is far too long, a change is needed at the top – I’ve had enough! Our loyal fans deserve so much better.”

Cottee will be giving more of his thoughts on Moyes exit, the new incoming manager and of course the Board, when he is the special guest at The West Ham Way Pre-Match Event this Saturday.