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West Ham fans vote for Rafa Benitez to be next manager by huge margin

2 years ago
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West Ham fans haven’t been slow to show their unhappiness this season.

The move to the new stadium now being seen as a big negative, with that only helping to fuel the fury at what has happened on and off the pitch this season.

The West Ham fans have demonstrated repeatedly against the club owners, blaming them as the underlying cause of everything that has gone wrong.

Despite bringing in ‘name’ players on big wages such as Hart, Arnautovic, Hernandez and Zabaleta, supporters feeling a lack of ambition in the transfer market.

Whilst neither manager has convinced this season.

Slaven Bilic was ditched after only two wins and nine points from the opening 11 Premier League games, only for them to be landed with David Moyes.

With six wins and only 26 points from 24 games, Moyes still had them deep in relegation trouble on 35 points with three games to play.

However, a win at Leicester last weekend, combined with other results, means that now the Hammers have at last crawled to safety only days before the end of the season.

Rafa Benitez has been repeatedly put forward by the media as a supposed target for the West Ham owners.

With the end of season fast approaching, the popular Claret and Hugh West Ham independent website have ran a poll asking supporters who they would like to see in charge next season.

With 4,452 West Ham fans voting, it is a decent sample of public opinion and there was a very clear winner…

Number of votes and percentage share:

1,859 (41.76%) Rafa Benitez

706 (15.90%) Unai Emery

603 (13.54%) David Moyes

576 (12.94%) Thomas Tuchel

357 (8.02%) Marco Silva

349 (7.84%) None of the above

It is a bit of a double-edged sword…

Nice to see Rafa Benitez being acknowledged elsewhere for the job he is doing at Newcastle in such difficult circumstances – but the very real fear that if another club did make him an offer, Mike Ashley is seemingly doing nothing at the moment to convince him to commit to the club.

It has long been reported that Rafa Benitez has a buyout clause of £6m but that this only lasts until he enters into the final year of his contract, which is this summer.

Even if £6m compensation had to be paid, then that is nothing these days to recruit your main man, when reality is that £6m would get you a squad player, if you were lucky.

It does often feel that Mike Ashley stands alone as the only person who doesn’t appreciate (in more ways than one) the job Rafa Benitez as done so far at Newcastle United.

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