Benitez Irons link fading and dying


Rafa BenitezWest Ham’s link with Rafa Benitez is this morning reported as ‘fading and dying’ as he finds himself linked with Manchester City next season.

This is in line with reports ClaretandHugh has been bringing over the past fortnight after being told that the former Liverpool boss was eyeing the Etihad or Anfield jobs.

Latest reports suggest that City may want the Spaniard as a caretaker boss on the likely firing of Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season before the club moves for Pep Guardiola next summer.

Benitez had been a provisional candidate for the Hammers until it became clear the talking would start at £6 million a year.

But the major stumbling block was the manager’s desire to take one of the country’s big  clubs preferably in the north west close to the family’s Liverpool home.

Benitz’s wife Maria still lives in the Merseyside area and with her husband out of contract this summer, a reunion in the UK is now on the cards.

A source told Claretandhugh this morning: “As we told you several weeks back it was a hopeful thing rather than a truly confident one.

“You never say never but he’s a top manager who will be hunted by a lot of clubs although the north west looks his most likely destination if it can be made to happen.”

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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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  • rads respects the point says:

    Tbh i never really thought of him as a realistic candidate.He has managed some top quality & was always likely to get a job at another of the top clubs.We aint big enough to be considered by someone with his previous list of clubs managed.I am pretty relieved anyway.Im not sold on the guy really.Having said that i would probably take Mr.Bean instead of Samasaurus as things stand 😉

  • whambam says:

    Good, if I’m gonna have to look at a fat Spanish waiter I’ll f,off to Barthelona where the weather is sc,sc,sc,scortchio

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