“Bizarre” Bielsa still on Hammers list


marcelo-bielsaMarcelo Bielsa remains high on the list of candidates to replace Sam Allardyce as Hammers boss at the end of the season.

The Sunday Mirror has this morning confirmed what ClaretandHugh reported in the middle of February – that the Marseille boss is very much in the frame for the Upton Park job.

With just one win since Christmas Sam Allardyce, despite watching the team play some fine football at times, remains on the edge.

Bielsa has a reputation for producing great footballing teams and has led Marseilles into thrird position behind PSG and Lyon this season.

However, he is very much a hands on boss  who broaches no interference from above and is considered whacky and a “bit off the wall.”

A source told ClaretandHugh: “He has had a very strong case made on his behalf and is one we are looking at but he is a guy with a reputation for the bizarre.”

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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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  • bubs says:

    After Mrs Brady made her comments yesterday is there still a list or are we stuck with the big fat man for more years ?

  • Dicksyland says:

    Would love this guy. I reckon he’s exactly what we need.

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    I have no real opinion about Sam leaving, except my club orientated position that we should not invite instability at the time we are going into the new stadium.
    Having said that, I did have to giggle a lot one year ago, hearing all these ‘experts’ on our blog sites celebrating the demise of big Sam. Everyone seemed to be so ecstatic that Sam was leaving without any realist indication at all that he was actually leaving.
    It seemed to be everyones opinion that because West Ham was having a board-meeting at the end of the season, Sam was being fired. lol
    Of course all clubs have board-meetings at the end of every season, but Sam haters were clutching at thin air to cheer themselves up.
    We’re doing it again!
    This year it is a bit more likely only because his contract is finished, so naturally they will compile a list of replacements in case he leaves, but don’t build your hopes too high.
    Don’t be suprised to see him get an extension, because the chances are at least 50-50.
    I wouldn’t like to see grown men cry two years running.

  • bubs says:

    Be careful dafishes ( sorry about shortening you name but that’s to long mate ) for what you wish because if you get him for more seasons you will loose any chance of watching entertaining football or bringing in good players.

    • sleepswithdafishes says:

      like I’ve said before, it’s not about my wishes as much as what is likely to happen

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    By the way, just seen Paul Clement is looking for an English club. Would rather have an up and coming English coach anytime than an unknown and untried foreigner.

  • mattefumi69 says:

    It’s nice to see some “experts” enjoying for a possible extension of BFS contract… This is their satisfaction instead of west ham’s good. Congratulations.

  • bubs says:

    Make your mind up I thought you wanted to keep BFS
    Don’t want a foreign manager then ha a look at the teams above us in the league,
    Liverpool and Stoke British managers ( not English )
    Then look below is that where you want to be for he rest of your life watching a second class team ?
    Well Sleeps ?

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    as I just said: like I’ve said before, it’s not about my wishes as much as what is likely to happen

    as for foreign managers, I repeat that only a very few foreign managers get into the top positions, and they are only their because their clubs are owned by billionaires and not just millionaires. They get about 6-7 times what we get for buying players. It really is that simple. It’s nothing to do with some dream that foreign managers are better.
    Of course Mourihno is a very good manager but don’t think he could do any better than Sam on the same spending power. Last season he probably would have got relegared with our squad. No doubt.

  • TysonM says:

    So what about Southampton then,Koeman is foreign & untested,as was pochettino last year.This foreign untested managers arguement is a load of pony.They aint coming from the papau new guinea suoer league to the prem,they have worked all round europe.Stupid arguement.

  • bubs says:

    He started with clubs with no money at all and won plenty,it’s not all money BFS could not spend the money because the Messi,Ronaldo and even Rooney type players would not come near him,
    Last year he had first dibs on nearly every player Southampton signed and some were free why did they not join our club ?( don’t say money ) because the manager has more respect from the players.
    The one,s we did get were the 2 Daves signings and just needed the break in the big time.
    When Man City first got the money they still could not attract the best until they brought in the top managers.

    • Roman says:

      Yes bubs while Allardyce is at the helm we won’t get the players we need to get to the top level.

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    As I said before Koeman has done well enough and they could still finish above us, but it was pureluck when u look at his record. His previous is totally empty.
    As for Pochettino he inherited all the good work of the previous British manager and also the youth system that they had created before he went there. What did he do?
    I actually like some foreign managers but they dont have magic wands I promise.

  • TysonM says:

    Conker is back i think 😉

  • TysonM says:

    I aint saying they have a magic wand.But im not dismissive of having one because of a blinkered love for bfs & his alleged stability for next year.With current form we will have stability next year,near the bottom of the table.

  • TysonM says:

    I was replying as you were writing that.Im busy doing stuff as well conker 😉

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    Of course I’m not dissmising anyone, but I am comparing all the dream factory on here to what the 2 davids would be thinking. I put my faith in what they decide.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I doubt they will get rid of him yet, Reid signing a new contract seems like an odd decision when he could have waited a couple of months and see nwho came in for him, I think he has the same agent Sam uses so wonder if anything is going on that we are not aware of… If i were the chairmen I wouldn’t get rid of SA, he guarantees premier league football and we need that when we move to the OS so really its a no brainer, short term pain for long term gain. I would like to see a change I just doubt we will because it’s too risky at the most important time in the clubs history.

  • TysonM says:

    Jeez,i am so fed up of reading about stabillty before we move to the OS,we have stability in the boardroom,we also have stability on the pitch.We are stable in the fact we cant win matches.One win in ten under the mighty Allardyce aint the stability im thinking of as the right type.People crapping themselves that we wont have stability if we get a new manager.What a load of ****.A new manager aint suddenly going to get us relegated!

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