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Hammers on the Rafa link

Rafa BenitezWest Ham are still tracking Rafa Benitez as a replacement for Sam Allardyce at the end of the season but fear they will be unable to attract the former Liverpool boss.

Benitez is definitely keen on a Premier League return after what is seen as a disappointing season with Napoli who sit in fifth place in Serie A – twenty points off leaders Juventus.

And the 1-1 home draw against 17th Atalanta at the weekend only cranked up the pressure on the former Kop boss.

With his family still in Liverpool – where they are  very settled – Benitez was reported by former Kop keeper Pepe Reina – as being ready to make a PL return.

And sources inside West Ham admitted to ClaretandHugh this morning that he is a manager who would be very much a target were he available.

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However one added: “Our understanding is that he wants either Liverpool or Manchester City. He’s a top manager and most clubs would be interested but whether we could attract him is another question. ”


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4 comments on “Hammers on the Rafa link

  1. Anyone but BFS, the tea lady even !! No offense. But Benitez not my choice, Bilic and Klopp would be terrific.

  2. As long as he does not sign Jenkinson?
    Benitez is a step up in class to BFS but is he worth the extra money ?
    Bilic is my choice.
    Jenkinson IN

  3. Bubs with you on Bilic – hope your confidence in Jenks is proven.

  4. Get real – Benitez is a a World Class Manager, West Ham don’t have the profile or resources to attract someone like him!

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