Allegri for Irons dismissed as “just a rumour”


AllegriWest Ham United was abuzz with rumours tonight that the club is reported to have offered former AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri a two-year contract as Sam Allardyce’s replacement.

But after inquiries by ClaretandHugh to trusted sources, we were told by one to treat it merely as a “rumour” and by the other that it was “nonsense.”

The Hammers board have made it clear that no decision will be made on the current manager’s position until the end of the season.

Allardyce will be given the opportunity to put his case to a full board meeting before any decision is made on his future.

One of our sources said: “To suggest a deal has been done and a contract offered is just nonsense. That is not the way the board has ever worked.”

And our other highly trusted source said quite simply: “It is no more than a rumour” but refused to elaborate any further!

Allegri (46) has been out of work since January when sacked by AC Milan and the reports declare that he has been offered a two-year deal.

The report added that Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini and Alessandro Matri, Milan’s 29-year-old striker who is currently on loan at Fiorentina.

The implausability of the story is heightened by the fact that Allegri was only last week being linked with  Tottenham Hotspur.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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