With speculation intensifying, West Ham have released a statement regarding their search for a new manager.

David Moyes was released on Tuesday and instantly Rafa Benitez was one of three main candidates linked with replacing him.

Whilst Newcastle fans remain in fear of losing Rafa, if Mike Ashley doesn’t change his ways, the idea that he could supposedly end up at West Ham is a thought beyond the comprehension of most NUFC supporters.

However, until Rafa Benitez signals any improvement in how he is being treated at St James Park, by signing an extended contract, nothing can be said for certain.

The bookies made Rafa third favourites on Wednesday, after Moyes left, however he has now come in from 8/1 to even money favourite ahead of Manuel Pellegrini and Paulo Fonseca.

Like Mike Ashley, the West Ham owners aren’t shy of using the media to push their agenda, and Hammers Co-Chairman is surely up to mischief with his quotes in today’s official statement.

David Sullivan declaring ‘We are preparing to appoint a manager who has a proven record of success at the highest level of the game.’

The question is…if they have somebody definitely lined up, why is there any need to put this teaser out, unless of course the idea is to further unsettle things at another club, as well as placating their supporters?

When you talk about ‘highest level’, well at the moment Rafa Benitez is in the Premier League, whilst the other two main candidates are in China (Pellegrini) and the Ukraine (Fonseca).

As for ‘proven level of success at the highest level’…

Paulo Fonseca

Has won the Portuguese Cup with Braga and Ukrainian league and cup with Shakhtar Dontesk.

Manuel Pelegrini

After managing in the likes of Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, he eventually came to Europe in 2004 and apart from winning the Premier League and League Cup at Man City, he has only won the Intertoto(!) back in 2004 at Villarreal.

Rafa Benitez

He won two La Liga titles and UEFA Cup with Valencia.

Champions League and FA Cup with Liverpool.

FIFA Club World Cup with Inter Milan.

Europa League with Chelsea.

Italian Cup with Napoli.

With success at the highest level as the supposed benchmark, Fonseca clearly wouldn’t fit that description, Pellegrini could but only in that spell at Manchester City with one PL title in three years and more money to spend than any other club. Rafa Benitez clearly the most successful of the trio…unless David Sullivan has somebody else in mind, or of course, if it is simply more fantasy from him?

West Ham Official Statement:

‘West Ham United would like to assure supporters that the Board are extremely confident of appointing a high-calibre first-team manager, who has a proven record both in the Premier League and European football.

The Club expect to make an announcement within the next seven days, following a thorough and strategic process that has identified the best possible candidates.

Joint Chairman David Sullivan said:

“I would like to reassure our supporters that we have left no stone unturned in selecting the individual we believe is the right man to take West Ham United forward.

“We have followed a process that is progressing entirely to plan and are now very close to reaching an agreement.

“This is an exciting time for our football club.

“We are preparing to appoint a manager who has a proven record of success at the highest level of the game.”

Next Permanent West Ham Manager Betting from BetVictor (odds yesterday in brackets)

1/1 (8/1) Rafa Benitez

6/4 (6/5) Manuel Pellegrini

4/1 (5/2) Paulo Fonseca

 

(Selected others)

25/1 Sam Allardyce

33/1 Mick McCarthy

33/1 Martin O’Neill

33/1 Chris Coleman

33/1 Steve Bruce

All next Permanent West Ham Manager betting see HERE



  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    If Benitez leaves and there aren’t large scale organized and targeted fan protests in the immediate aftermath, the club and supporters deserve exactly what they get…

    • Mirandinha9

      It will never happen as 50,000 deluded sheep will continue to turn up every fortnight, pontificating about the need to ‘support the team’.

      • Dillon Tovak

        There is no team to support if that’s the way the club is run.
        This is make or break.

      • Ba ba.

        Baa baa

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Doubt it can be Rafa, they need permission to speak to him & he`ll give the Pig more than 7 days, even then i think the owner doesn`t care one way or the other

  • Maggie Pie

    Fearing the worst this time. Really think Rafa’s had enough.

  • Peaky

    Anyone any ideas what the relationship is like between Fatty & Shady Brady ????

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      It`s Toxic

      • Peaky

        Interesting..

      • Peaky

        She mustn’t do lamb bhunas & Cobra then….

  • Bearsize

    Its clearly Wenger! Watch this space!

    • Peaky

      Good shout….

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        It`s not Rafa

      • Bearsize

        Cheers peak! He’ll never leave london at his age

  • Paul Patterson

    It’s Pellegrini man, calm doon..

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Ronnies reporting the Hammers are about to trigger Rafa`s release clause

    • Peaky

      Ryder won’t sleep tonight…..dim lights,nice bedtime story,favourite teddy and a good dose of Calpol should do the trick….

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I have a feeling Rafa has had enough & he`ll go if they come in for him

        • Peaky

          Leazes must be doing Rafa’s resignation speech as he’s gone very quiet…it’ll be in volumes….

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😂😂😂

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Penfold will be schitting a brick, he`s at the sharp end

      • Guest 2

        After scouring the Evening Standard for his next story…

        • 1957

          And he will still get it wrong…

          • Peaky

            😂🤣😂

    • Kneebotherm8

      That’ll be right………I’ve always thought he’d be heading to West Ham,if anywhere…..Ashley will be clapping his hands………not his fault…..release clause triggered…….I’m innocent…..blah de blah…….he’s constructively shoved/shoving Benitez out of our club……..best of luck to Rafa if this story is true….he deserves all our best wishes for what he’s done for this club fighting our corner against the fat twt,unfortunately,to no avail……….no one stands up to Ashley and survives,we’ve seen it all before..

  • Rob

    Glad Rafa gets an early opportunity to prove whether Ashley will stump up the £80 million he promised.

    If I were him I wouldn’t leave one circus for another though.

    The man has done wonders and now deserves some proper support.

    • Alreet

      80 mill at the least considering the last 2 seasons of a surplus created. We must be close to 200 mill in the black.

      He doesnt need that much but he deserves it

    • Danimal

      West Ham will give him a reasonable transfer budget, without making him guess what it is. Yes they do appear to be horrible people just like our owner but at least he will have a chance.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Arsenal are the ones to keep an eye on, Rafa won’t go to WH.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        the thing with arsenal is that sure he’d have a larger transfer kitty, but he’d be out on his arse(nal) after one “bad” season. at Newcastle and at WH he’d probably have a much longer leash.

        • Dillon Tovak

          I don’t know about that, of the two clubs who sticks by their manager?

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            Arsenal stuck with Wegner like Manure stuck with Ferguson.. and as soon as Fergie retired they went right ahead and $h!t canned 2 managers in 3 seasons.

  • Alreet

    Really cant see him moving to london. He didnt want to go back to napoli. If ash cant see the big picture now…….

    • Peaky

      Like with us he won’t leave the Wirral….The Kings of Smut & Shady Brady will helicopter him back n forth…

  • Wezza147

    IF Rafa does go let’s be wary of the propaganda lies. This has been rumoured for weeks the club would say the new contract offer was lucrative and despite the truth being Rafa doesn’t know his budget and the lies – the excuse will be used that Rafas head was turned. All the heat will be pinned on Rafa when quite clearly although we will be disappointed it’s so hard to work for a regime such as this.
    Remember the words from Keegan. The club can never go anywhere under Mine Ashley. So get out f our club!

  • Sid James

    here we go again, What a Carry On

    • Peaky

      Good old Sid always pops up when we need him
      😂🤣😂🤣

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂😂 we`re up the Kyber

        • Peaky

          Withoot a paddle….

        • Leicester Mag

          Just wish Ashley would mimic the dumm dumm bird fly round in ever decreasing circles and disappear up his own rse

        • Rich Lawson

          And Ashley’s nicked his role in ”Carry on Reguardles”

  • shellington

    Don’t blame Rafa for leaving one bit given that utter kunt Ashleys behaviour. But he can do a lot better than the car crash in motion that is West Ham.

  • Ba ba.

    Ghostrider, Monkseaton mags and the other rafa haters will be well chuffed.
    . 👍. 👍

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Not a Rafa hater he is stopping at Newcastle you fools.

    • Jezza

      Ghostrider is Monkseaton mags. He trolls this site under multiple ID’s. He has enjoyed trashing Rafa on this forum for the past two years, his next trick will be defending Rafa’s replacement Pardew to the hilt. He will probably resurrect one of his old trolling ID’s Alanpardewsblackandwhitearmy.

  • TheNutJob

    i bet Brady is practising the Fandango as we speak

    • Peaky

      When did they sign Fandango???

      • TheNutJob

        her & Rafa will be on strictly
        😂😂

        • Peaky

          🕺💃
          😂😂

          • TheNutJob

            😁😁

        • Rich Lawson

          Love to see her try and lift him !

  • 1957

    I’d be surprised if he went to WHU, I had heard he would only be interested in one club in London, Spurs, if Pochettino moved on to Madrid to replace Zidane.

    • TheNutJob

      it`s all over the London papers

  • TheNutJob

    Penfold needs to make a statement as the rumours will grow, Fatty`s got fone blocker on wor Lee

    • Leazes.

      Not a cat in hells chance!

      • TheNutJob

        i know he`ll be hiding in a dark room

    • Peaky

      Hard to talk with that blackball rammed down your throat Nutty…..

  • Paul Patterson

    IF and it’s a big IF, Rafa goes, the backlash from Keegan quitting will look like a minor hissy fit.

  • TheNutJob

    Jezza`s composing his “told you so speech”

    • Peaky

      And working out estimated times of Pardew’s speech on the steps of SJP….

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Unfinished business

        • shellington

          League 1 business?

        • Jezza

          “I didn’t come here to sell Jamaal Lacselles, I talked to Mike about the player and he’s staying.”

  • TheNutJob

    if he goes you can say goodbye to our best 2 players

    • Peaky

      Hoss & Mannequin

    • Paul Patterson

      Maybe that’s what the owner wants. Rafa out and six million, then Lascelles out and 30m+. Replace with a stooge and a cheap defender and everyone’s happy.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        That about sums up the Pig

      • Jezza

        Precisely. Pardew to replace Rafa, Mbema to replace Lascelles, Colback back from loan to replace Shelvey, Ashley £60 million quid richer, everyone’s a winner.

    • Jezza

      Fatso was always going to sell them this summer anyway.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I`ve been on the net, as of 19 mins ago the top man at Arsenal wants Benitez.
    the Ball is rolling

  • Mrkgw

    Typical of this incompetent regime. They tread water, dither and miss out. Much of it will be intentional, as evidenced by the number of players we miss out on. This is however, a more deep and sinister situation. There should be no delay – get Rafa signed up for heavens sake.

    • Paul Patterson

      Ashley will be in Florida and Charnley will be cleaning the Ashley s***e from his nose for the next few weeks, a million miles from Newcastle.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    ugh. I’m already as annoyed with this as I am with hearing about the royal wedding…

    • Paul Patterson

      Wedding?

      • Dillon Tovak

        Ashley’s marrying a manatee.

        • Jezza

          The manatee will be the skinny one in that marriage.

        • Rich Lawson

          Has his previous arrangement with Satan been annulled then ?

    • Peaky

      Fatty’s in Florida….can you not jump on a Greyhound and take him out or something….
      😂😂

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        sure thing, it’s just a 19 hour drive…

        • Peaky

          I’m moving in a couple of weeks time….I’ll be 22 miles from his warehouses….

          • Rich Lawson

            Well out of the blast zone then ?

          • Peaky

            Funnily enough I’ve just come in and you can hear the air raid sirens/drills in the distance….it’s something they do quite regularly down here….can’t be to protect Stoke surely,it looks like it’s been bombed a few times already over there…

      • Rich Lawson

        Too late he’s moved on to Chicago where he’s getting a lot of work as an Al Capone tribute act.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Hippo Heed, Moyes & Pardspew will be sitting next to their phones

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    West Ham are a club going down next season. The club is in turmoil the fans are in up roar and they have ran out of money. The nearest bar is thirty minutes away and the fans are going mental by not renewing season tickets. Rafa is not going to West Ham nor is any other sensible manager. There will be more blood shed before this is sorted maybe the directors of West Ham.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Pop a pill & go have a lie down

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        West Ham going down next season more trouble on the terraces no more families going a club in turmoil.

        • Westdentoon

          Trouble on terraces? That’s called action and has yielded results. The West Ham board are terrified and are acting accordingly by trying to satisfy the fans desire for success in appointing an ambitious manager.
          If our wonderful owner even bothered with the club and showed a fraction of ambition Rafa would happily stay no doubt. However, I for one don’t share your confidence.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            The board are being pelted with coins and are not welcome at West Ham and it’s a toxic place. They may well go down next season.

          • Westdentoon

            At least their owners attend the games though eh?

        • TheFatController

          Nostradamus. Not a name native to Monkseaton surely ?

          • Jezza

            The troll who posts as Monkseaton Magpies isn’t native to Monkseaton either. He was born and bred in Manchester. He’s never been to Monkseaton in his life. He found it on google maps and used that name for the purposes of alliteration.

          • TheFatController

            It’s ok, Nostradamus was often wrong. Unlike Monkseaton Mag, who’s always right I think we can all agree …

          • Rich Lawson

            Yep,don’t remember ”One named Ashley shall arise” ?

    • Danimal

      The nearest bar is thirty minutes away? That’s a good one, I’m sure that’ll be top of Rafa’s wish list. We’ll see if they’ve run out of money during the transfer window won’t we? Out of them and us, which club do you think will start next season without a fit for purpose Premier League striker?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        First the fans unrest and demonstrations will continue along with pitch invasions. The fighting at the first few games of the season has scared families off and the fighting in the stands and pitch invasions will get rid of thousands. No one wants to walk half an hour to the ground. It’s a powder keg which will go off next season.
        On top of that they have run out of money. Mark my words nothing
        but violence and trouble at West Ham next season. Any manager going their be it on their head.

        • TheFatController

          I don’t think Nostradamus ever bothered justifying his predictions?

          Are you sure you’re actually Nostradamus, and not just some idiot troll?

          • FatParosite

            Why do you bother with the Bishop bottom feeder…??

          • TheFatController

            I just do it to make a mockery of his posts, and give some a laugh.

            He attempts to wind people up, so I play him at his own game.

            I just find some theme to mock him. Obviously because he ‘knows’ what West Ham will do next season, he’s somewhere between Nostradamus and that World Cup octopus clearly ..!

          • FatParosite

            Fair enough but it puts wind in his sails just like Ashley and bad publicity.

          • TheFatController

            Sadly I think nothing good or bad affects the wind in his sails.

            He’ll answer back on anything – except he always ignores when I point out the patterns of personality disorder in his attitude in the posts. He strangely has never had a smart answer for those accusations … he’s clearly above personality disorders !

      • Fireman Sam

        Depends, if we still have Rafa, it will be us.

        • Danimal

          If we still have Ashley?

    • TheFatController

      Nostradamus has spoken. 2019 West Ham relegation. 2034 Armageddon.

      You heard it here first. A ‘The Mag’ exclusive.

      • Rich Lawson

        Don’t forget the birth of the anti-antichrist above as well.

    • Twatspotter

      West Ham were never going to sell all tickets for the stadium in the first year, They were going to get relegated. West Ham fans wouldn’t sell out tickets again in the second year and they are going down. Bore off you horse puncher.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Apart from winning the premier league? Pah yeah that’s not the highest level, let’s scoff at Pellegrini winning the intertoto.
    If Rafa goes to West Ham over us then he knows something, which should scare us all.

    • FatParosite

      By listening to those idiots on True Faith Podcast they won’t jack in their season tickets if Rafa is hounded out…. I would suggest that there will be thousands of others that Ashley will bank on not voting with their feet either. Rafa leaving is nailed on. Idiots still turning up to the SJP despite NUFC being pronounced dead several times is nailed on.

      • Lhc

        Your a troll plus fuk!n idiot

      • Jezza

        August 2018, NUFC first home game of the season, Rafa, Lascelles and Shelvey all gone, Pardew in the dugout, Colback and Joselu in the starting eleven. A 52,000 sell out crowd and therein lies the problem.

        • Leazes.

          You really don’t like Pardew do you?

          • FatParosite

            Pardew’s lass doesn’t like Pardew…

          • shellington

            Does Pardew like Pardew?

          • TheFatController

            Does a bear……in the woods?

          • Leazes.

            Oh yes!

          • TheFatController

            In fairness I think Jezza just tries to be the Ying to Pardew’s Yang. balancing out Pardew’s self obsession.

          • FatParosite

            If only Jezza could be the anti-antichrist….

  • David2211

    Feel sick but in all honesty Rafa deserves better so if he were to go I just hope he gets a job where he’s actually allowed to manage to the best of his abilities and not get continually f*cked over.

    • shellington

      Agreed, it ain’t West Ham though. Rafa should be at a top 4 club and given a chance, I’m afraid that ship has sailed for him now.

  • Leazes.

    Empty seats at Sunderland result…. Bye bye Short.
    Empty seats at Arsenal result ….Bye bye Wenger
    Full House at SJP result ….Ashley staying for another decade…..Wave your flags [Anyone want to buy a Rafa scarf?]

    • FatParosite

      When will they get it…??

    • Mark Davies

      Erm didnt you admit you go and are also therefore part of the problem you fifty faced tosspot

      • Leazes.

        ‘Went’ past tense now!

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Glory hunter

      • FatParosite

        Ooooh tosspot…

    • Rich Lawson

      Is it claret and blue ?

  • FatParosite

    Ashley picks up a £6m bonus for getting a thorn removed from his side.

    • TheFatController

      ‘And I’ll have that Lonsdale trackie back too thanks Rafa…’

      • FatParosite

        Leave your stripey tie and oversized mug too please Rafa …. Thank you…

      • Rich Lawson

        That’s a tough one,finding a manager to suit Ashley who he can recycle the manager’s initialled togs to.If only Ronnie Biggs hadn’t passed away to early ? (plenty of good contacts in the Brazilian game)

    • Weyhhadaway

      And has P45due, Moyesy or Alardarce to choose from.

  • Paul Patterson

    It could be Ranieri, he’s leaving his club. .

  • Andynufc

    If Rafa leaves then I personally won’t renew my season ticket. This would be the last idiotic act by Ashley I can stomach. He just doesn’t learn from any of the mistakes he makes. The man is cancer to this club. This club and fans deserve a little more than to see it being used as merely an advertising front for his tacky little sports direct shops.

    • FatParosite

      If only you were not alone…..

      • Andynufc

        I won’t judge the supporters who would still attend. That’s their choice but for me there isn’t much of a club to support now. Ashley is a leach who will keep attached to this club aslong as it serves his interests.

    • Blackburn1066

      Raffa will not go he has one year on his contract loads of dosh!

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Rafa said the other day that he is only talking to one club so that will do for me at this moment in time.

    • Leazes.

      Who’s that then?

      • Blackburn1066

        WestHam

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        He’s only talking to Newcastle at the moment !

  • Lord

    The ‘Highest Level of the game’ is international level.

    Chris Coleman it is then, he did well in the Euros.

    • Rich Lawson

      Nowadays his only interest is the exchange rate for his holidays !

  • Billmag

    C’mon lads you are all jumping the gun here, Rafa has stated he is only talking to one club and that’s us, and the people mentioning the clowns that have managed this club before are going to return here are way off the mark, it just won’t happen.

    • Bowlsey

      I’m hoping for the best but if it’s true and Rafa has had enough and is looking for an escape route, then not only will I well and truly have the last dregs of optimism and hope for Newcastle United’s future sucked out of me, but I would expect there to be real trouble from most fans. I mean there will be serious unrest at Newcastle if this happens. Trouble so bad that it will make the West Ham fans kicking off earlier in the season look like a toddler’s temper tantrum.

    • Elsa

      You’d generally think/hope not but we never thought we’d see the second coming of Joe Kinnear either

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    George from the Times will be having a field day winding up all the Geordies and causing unrest when the story is a pack of lies. However that is what he loves doing best then he can joke with his posh mates all about it.