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Hammers eye up surprise managerial candidate

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche is set to  become a surprise runner in the West Ham managerial race if the Hammers decide not to renew  Slaven Bilic’s contract next summer.

The Croatian boss can save himself with a rapid rise up the table and were he to turn the team’s fortunes around with a top seven finish, that may be enough to change minds.

But ClaretandHugh has discovered that a list of candidates is being prepared and that both Dyche and Rafa Benitez’s names are on it.

Dyche, 46, has guided Burnley into sixth place this season having lost possibly his best player in striker Andre Gray to Watford and is a strong fancy at the London Stadium.

The Hammers board have been impressed with his performance since leading The Clarets back to the Premier League and both he and Benitez are high on the list.

The Spaniard is still believed to have a strained relationship with owner Mike Ashley and although contracted until 2019 the Hammers believe they could tempt him out of the north east.

The Hammers would also make an optimistic advance to Carlo Ancelotti but are aware that he hasn’t managed a top out of the elite group of clubs for a long time and that they would probably lose out when he makes himself available next sumer.


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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

5 comments on “Hammers eye up surprise managerial candidate

  1. A very good manager! I think he would do a good job for us. Plays good football, passionate and doesn’t play players out of position. Personally I think he would be a good choice, can’t see him leaving Burnley though. Maybe Eddie Howe?

  2. I know I’m firmly in fantasy land here, but Leonardo Jardim would be nice! Monaco played some of the most attacking football of any side in Europe last year, develops youngsters and happy to play them in the biggest competitions if they’re good enough, had several of his best players sold this summer but just got on with it and they’re still giving psg a run for their obscene money. Would have to hope he gets fed up of having his best players sold and is keen to manage in the premier league to have a chance, but a man can dream!

  3. Dyche is a good manager who puts out organised teams and clearly he gets the very best out of fairly limited resources. But not convinced he is the right fit for us. And surely the star player he lost was Keane, not Gray?

    • Agree with you Jimbo, in all of his teams they are built around being solid, organised and hard to beat, it would be like getting another Allardyce except a little more fan friendly and a lot less arrogant.

  4. No you are wrong there, the real next manager of WHU is lance visibl i got this from the internet an anagram site, but i am as correct as you and the phoney information this site spurts out is getting beyond a joke. stop making stuff up

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