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?