For it turns out that based on last season’s Forbes List of the Best Paid world managers, the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss earns LESS than Sam Allardyce.
The current Irons boss – as is well known – picks up a cool £2.95 million a year to make him the world’s 13th best paid whilst high achiever Rafa is back in 16th place on £2.92m.
It had been thought the Napoli boss – whose team crashed out of the Europa Cup last night at the semi-final stage – wanted around £6m to talk to the Hammers but that turns out to be ‘agent talk.’
The manager appears to be keen on a Premier League return and the Irons have been chasing him for several weeks now and holding talks through middle men.
He has talks planned with Napoli but events last night in the Ukraine following the 1-0 defeat by Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk may well have swung things in the Hammers direction.