Hammers board proves its point as 75 year old returns


By Hughie Southon

So 75 year old Roy Hodgson is back in charge at Palace until the end of the season.

And that confirms  the Hammers board have been as straightforward as it gets when making it clear  there are not a lot of managers available right now  other than Benitez or Bielsa.

Hodgson’s last managerial stint  was with Watford who were relegated for the umpteenth time.

Now he returns looking for an immediate upsurge in form from players – many of whom he knows well.

It would – were it to have happened – resemble a return to West Ham of Harry Redknapp, not a prospect that many would have thrilled many although as mentioned in previous pieces on here  it would have suited yours truly.

But the fact remains that the Hammers have been as honest as it gets in claiming there is nobody out there better than Moyes – two words that don’t fit together very well I know.

Both Benitez and Bielsea want three year terms and I wouldn’t want either on those terms or indeed AT ALL!

Whilst all of this is going on it’s great fun to see Spuds struggling to decide whether to sack Conte or not after his amazing outburst about the owners and players.

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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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  • hammerpete6 says:

    Well I would have loved a punt on ‘Arry who has not failed us, plays attractive West Ham way footie and has a touch of the maverick. With our fixtures I would back him against Moyes with our current squad. I also lament that had we had him earlier I doubt we would have lost Ashby and Longelo from the Academy. Who dares wins.

  • jb_15 says:

    It doesn’t prove any point, other than Palace are as badly run and are as clueless as to what’s out there as we are.

    Like I’ve said on many occasions, we throw tens of millions at players, yet seem to baulk at paying c.£4m at buying a manager out of a contract (at the top end). There are LOADS of managers out there who are better than Moyes, we just refuse to show any ambition and go for them. No-one’s telling me that, for example, the extremely highly rated Salzburg manager wouldn’t jump at the chance to manage a big London club in the Premier League and, even if he wasn’t, if we cast our net wide enough, we’d find a highly rated coach who is

  • Budgie says:

    Yes, eased we haven’t joined the managerial merry go round! 6 out of nine in the relegation scraps have changed and its made no difference to their fortunes.

  • jb_15 says:

    Kjetil Knutsen (Bodo Glimt)
    Matthias Jaissle (RB Salzburg)
    Ivan Juric (Torino)
    Julian Stephan (Strasbourg)
    Bo Svensson (Mainz)
    Andoni Iraola (Vallecano)

    All of the above are highly rated, up and coming progressive young managers who have made waves in their own leagues, with ‘smaller’ clubs.

    Sullivan wouldn’t have a single clue who any of them are – and anyone who knows who Will Still is only knows that because he’s had a great run in Ligue 1 and said he’s a West Ham fan!

    No matter what your argument is – if Brighton or Brentford were looking for a new manager, they’d be looking at names like the above. They wouldn’t be looking at Hodgson, Benitez or any of the other garbage that Sullivan would target

  • Pessimist says:

    Why wouldn’t these Managers suit ? Benitez wants a three year contract. Why not ? He does not fit the bill ,he has just won everything worth winning. Villas Boas has managed in the Premiership and is still highly rated. Joachim Low is also available lots of experience.

    However we have David Moyes !!! So what ? Heck the Tea lady is still a viable replacement to him.

  • DohaBear says:

    I think the point would only be proved if we stay up and Palace go down, as surely the reason for sticking with Moyes is down to a lack of ‘suitable alternatives’? Incidentally, why does the phrase ‘suitable alternatives’ sound like ‘cheap alternatives”?

  • westdanman says:

    Let’s look at the bigger picture here. Sullivan will more than likely sell his shares at the end of the season. Koncheski will not want to inherit an ageing manager with 3-4years left on their contract. He’ll want someone who’s dynamic and hungry for success. After all growth means the club will grow in value. He’s a business man after all said and done.

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