Ancelotti wanted West Ham job

CarloAncelottiNewPressGetty1Four years ago as Carlo Ancelotti was about to be sacked by Chelsea he offered himself to West Ham.

Just a month before Sam Allardyce was appointed, Ancelotti insisted he was preparedย to drop out of the top flight and take charge at the Boleyn.

Ahead of the final game of that season – interestingly against Everton – he claimed he would have no problem picking up the pieces from Avram Grant’s reign and taking a pay-cut.

Ancelotti said: ‘I would coach West Ham – why not? It’s a challenge to manage a team in the Championship.

As he again faces the possible boot – this time from Real Madrid – we can’t help musing on whether he feels the same way should the Daves come knocking.

He added back then: ‘The atmosphere at West Ham is amazing. It doesn’t matter if you manage a top team or a smaller team.

‘It’s more important to work. I was happy to train in the second division when I was learning.’

And he added: ‘When you manage, you don’t think about the money. It has never been a motivation for me.’



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21 comments on “Ancelotti wanted West Ham job

  1. Yep,i remember this well.Still we got Sam,all worked out for the best,lol

  2. Thank God we didn’t go for him. We’d have missed out on these four “outstanding” years!!

  3. Phew! Dodged a bullet there. Ha

  4. Is he throwing his hat in the ring now ?
    Let’s hope we get someone with his knowledge and skill,
    And he can speak English

  5. Ahahah… smooth move Davids… Well, we dodged a major bullet … Ancelotti or Sam? Sam wins every time… Loool
    This anecdot is absolutely fantastic… Ahah


  6. Ancelotti or Allerdici,whats in a name,they are both managerial masterminds.Little to choose between the two of them ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Ahahah… You are right Rads, maybe the Davids have confused the names… Little errors like this can happen from time to time… They are both chunky… Loool


  8. Ancelotti or Costalotti (money,style and passion) blimey did they miss the bus big time there

  9. Who is Costalotti Quick?

  10. Aahah, maybe I’ve understood… Cost a lot… Ok… Lol

    • You know i dont like Italians,Ancelotti,Allardeci,lol,years ago,’91 i think Matte i went to a tournament here,The Makita Tournament at Highbury.We played Sampdoria & they beat us 6-1.I still havnt forgiven Italians for doing that to us,lol,Mind you they did have Vialli,Mancini,Vierchowod,Lombardo & a load of other quality players a the time so it was hardly surprising we got stuffed ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Spot on my friend

  11. Kevin how are you?

  12. Is this the dark horse Sean had told us about? A Champions League winner as a player and manager? Dream a little dream…

  13. Lol,nice dream but 4yrs too late ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. With the move to the OS on the horizon, my mind started to wander…what if Rafa or Carlo were waiting in the wings and the Daves were ready to push the limits with the transfer kitty, makes sense, right? Good base in the squad just need a few stand outs and add a little bit of depth and then we are top ten, pushing for Europe. C’mon Daves, make the right decisions.

  15. That was a major mistake from the Dave’s … Maybe they can make up for it and get him signed up now

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