Just like various clubs are said to be interested inn Jamaal Lascelles, no surprise to see Rafa Benitez linked with the now vacant West Ham job.
Wednesday lunchtime saw the Hammers release a statement confirming that David Moyes’ short-term contract will not be renewed/extended.
No surprise, as Moyes has done a functional job at best, in a six month spell which saw things reach a point where West Ham fans tried to storm the directors box.
The media have repeatedly linked Rafa Benitez with West Ham and so it is predictable that the early betting sees him in the top three favourites to follow Moyes.
Former Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini is currently top of the betting (see more details below), he is managing in China at the moment.
Second in the betting is Paulo Fonseca and he is currently with Shakhtar Donetsk.
It is now five weeks since Newcastle made sure of Premier League safety and Rafa Benitez has repeatedly said there have been little/no progress on talks to convince him to extend his Newcastle contract. The manager making clear that Mike Ashley still refuses to listen to what needs to happen at the club and for Rafa to get his full support.
Everton have happily paid £6m to get rid of Sam Allardyce after only six months in the job and a year left on his contract, so little doubt that West Ham or whoever would also happily pay £6m to trigger the buyout clause in Rafa Benitez’ contract.
As for the West Ham fans, a recent poll of thousands of supporters saw them make Rafa Benitez the overwhelming choice to come in.
Rafa has repeatedly said how he wants to stay at St James Park but that doesn’t stop Newcastle fans from worrying that even despite that, he could still eventually say enough is enough with Mike Ashley’s treatment of him and if a firm offer comes in from elsewhere where he also sees potential…
Joint-Chairman David Sullivan:
“We are already taking steps to identify and recruit the manager we believe can take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions.
We aim to appoint a high-calibre figure who we feel will lead the Club into an exciting future for our loyal supporters within the next ten days.”
Next Permanent West Ham Manager Betting from BetVictor:
6/5 Manuel Pellegrini
5/2 Paulo Fonseca
14/1 Unai Emery
20/1 Carlo Ancelotti
33/1 Arsene Wenger
33/1 Steve Bruce
33/1 Chris Coleman
All next Permanent West Ham Manager betting see HERE