West Ham Considering Rafa Benitez As New Manager

It was a strange match we watched over the weekend when it looked like West Ham would get a rare win at Spurs, when they were 2-1 ahead after 88 minutes after taking the lead in the first half at White Hart Lane.

But then Harry Kane equalized after 89 minutes with a goal from nowhere and then the referee awarded a penalty to the home side in stoppage time.

It was Kane again who scored with his well placed shot and so Spurs won the game 3-2.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle’s successful manager

When a team isn’t used to winning – like West Ham this season – it’s always difficult to hold onto a lead in any game, although the Hammers put in a very good performance.

The Telegraph is reporting today there is increasing pressure on manager Slaven Bilic and the club’s co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are looking at other managers who could possibly take over.

In the past, Sullivan and Gold have not exactly been patient with their managers when the club is in trouble.

The report is that Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and Marseille manager Rudi Garcia are all on the list of candidates being considered.

West Ham are concerned – like any Premier League club in difficulty these days – of being relegated.

And losing out on all that money they are getting in England’s top league – anywhere from £100M to £180M every May.

It’s hardly surprising that Rafa is in their thinking, since a year last summer he was all set to join them as their new manager when he got the Real Madrid offer and he went to Madrid to manage his home town club.

But there’s little chance that Rafa Benitez would now want to leave Newcastle for West Ham, with crowds of over 50,000 regularly at St. James’ Park and he has complete control of all football matters at the club.

Newcastle have also won their last 9 games and are top of the Championship and playing extremely well and in the quarter finals of the League Cup too.

And the very impressive Eddie Howe would hardly want to leave Bournemouth.

Maybe the best bet for the Hammers would be Roberto Mancini who is out of a job after being leaving Inter-Milan in early August and has experience of the Premier League with Manchester City.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Be gone, Hammers.

  • reilly

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    not a chance.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Ha ha!!!

  • beermonkey

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    He is half way through part 1
    Of the rafalution

    He wont leave us for them

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Re NUFC TV:

    I have a gmail account (that I never use) which made access very easy.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Ho ho ho

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #7

    I used my Gmail account to sign in. Very easy.

  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #8

    The Telegraph loves rattling Ashley’s cage.

  • TomaKaThor

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #9

    He most likely had better offers than West Ham in the summer, so why would he want to leave now for them? Seen as I am sure we will be beating them next season 🙂

  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Daryl Murphy back fit after his calf injury and ready to come into contention.
    Probably on the bench v Hull.

    A particularly nasty chant from Leeds fans on Sunday.

    “Jimmy Savile shagged Ant and Dec”

    If I was from Leeds I’d want to forget about JS

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Something you said yesterday tickled me Jib, the irony of it. When commenting on Southgate being the only one interviewed for the England job you called it a complete curcus. This is after the goons you whole heartedly backed gave Pardew, Carver and Mclaren jobs without interviewing anyone else.

  • expatmag

    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Ho ho ho

    Christmas is coming, not April Fools day.

    What a load of media trumped up shyte.

  • expatmag

    Nov 22, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #13


    Aye…but for once, they eere probably right

  • one fine day

    Nov 22, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Mancini the more likely I think
    Eddie Howe may feel he has gone as far as he can with Bournemouth and see it as a step up.
    Rafa knows he is at the start of something that may prove to be his biggest achievement ever in creative a powerhouse from scratch .
    He knows st James park is the real thing whereas west ham’s new home seems like theme park where everything just seems anything but the real thing .
    Relax you irons … Mr pards might be available in few short weeks 🙂


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