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Pellegrini Close To Becoming Hammers Manager – Benitez Wanted By Two Other Clubs

There are reports today in the major papers that Manuel Pellegrini has moved one step closer to becoming the new manager of West Ham.

He has now officially left Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune, and the club confirmed that on Saturday after their final league game of the season.

The Mirror are reporting that paves the way for him to become the new West Hama manager as soon as tomorrow.

Manuel Pellegrini – close to becoming new West Ham manager

His Chinese club Hebei made the announcement on social media after their  2-1 win over Chongqing Lifan, which brought their season to an end.

This is the statement issued:

“After amicable discussions with Mr. Pellegrini, we have reached a mutual agreement.”

“As of May 20, Mr. Pellegrini will no longer work as the head coach of Hebei China Fortune Football Club.”

“We sincerely thank Mr. Pellegrini for his contribution to the club and we wish him all the best for the future.”

West Ham may not have bothered to make a formal approach to Rafa Benitez at Newcastle since it seems the talks with Pellegrini and West Ham went well and moved quickly.

It will be good to have Pellegrini back in the Premier League – the 64-year-old Chilean is an excellent coach.

The other two clubs said to be interested in Rafa Benitez include Zenit St. Petersburg and Everton.

But there’s no way Rafa will move to Russia and be far away from his family – located at their family home near Liverpool.

Everton would be an excellent location for Rafa to move to.

But Mr. Benitez will never manage Everton after his heroics for Liverpool FC, whom he managed to some success from 2004 through 2010.

Rafa may even stay at Newcastle if Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley would only get their act together and try to move forward quickly.

Newcastle under Mike Ashley seem to go at a snail’s pace in everything they do – including transfers and negotiations with Rafa Benitez and his reps every summer.

Completing transfers a lot more quickly is one thing Rafa wants to change at the club.

The best of luck with that one.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 20, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1


    It’s not a case of Ashley and Charnley getting their act together. Charnley has no influence. Ashley’s probably still away (as in ‘not available’ and his stand-in’ll be Barnes with Charnley trying to act as the communication link between Rafa and Ashley.

    What a shambles.

    Pleeeeeeeezzzzz, Amanda or some other wealthy party, rescue our club from the man that’s slowly killing it

  • giimps

    May 20, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    If Pellegrino refuses to go to Landan, maybe they could break the bank to get Fraudew and Charver ,after all, they’re available, yes men and according to them, play nice attacking football.

  • magscar

    May 20, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Given that the sale appears to have fallen away ( as far as we know like everything NUFC) rather than spend a sunny Sunday morning (whilst watching HK 7’s – thats Micky for link) moping I prefer to think positive.

    So … whatever anyone thinks of Ashley if he is to remain who would we rather have in our corner right now? Pepe? Mouriniho? Pochettino? Klopp? Conte? Nah

    Step forward Rafa, a battlehardened and shrewd veteran of clashes with owners and particularly Ashley. A man whose position of strength only grows more powerful and seemingly without a chink in his armour. A man who is still where he is not because he is stuck with no way out but because he wants to be here and finish what he has started.

    A Battle Royale!! …..yes but by no means a foregone conclusion as some regularly bring themselves and others down with by their jonah like predictions because it fits their agenda.

    Believe it or not it is entirely conceivable(at least to me with my eyes fully open) that Rafa will stay and work with the devil because he is a pragmatic manager who if he negotiates from strength and is given enough to suit his needs as he currently assesses them then he can continue his good work on a forward basis. As I and others have said – Ashley simply needs him more than Rafa needs him!

    Some may feel I have opined as much before but I am inspired to do so by others who regularly pursue their particular take on here regardless.

    Anyway time for a sip from my half full mug of coffee as I wait for our appearnce in HK final 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    May 20, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail I was responding to a hypothetical situation posited by Jib nothing more. It wasn’t supposed to be taken seriously.

    The weird aspect of the whole Rafa to Wet Spam saga is that neither club denied it, which suggests talks may have happened at board level. Either NUFC told them to do one or Rafa did. Either suggests that both parties are serious about a new contract which can only be good news.


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