West Ham will keep the manager guessing game going into next week as they settle down to a weekend of intensive interviews.
ClaretandHugh has learned within the last few minutes (Fri) that David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady will see four candidates – including Slaven Bilic over the next four days.
Our own inquiries have shown that the former central defender is definitely among those who will make their way to David Sullivan’s Essex home but three others will also be seen between tomorrow and Tuesday.
It confrms the ClaretandHugh story from earlier in the week when we revealed that diaries had been cleared by all three board members as they prepared to interview a series of candidates.
Bilic has become an overwhelming favourite for the job at 1/3 but it has emerged within the last few minutes that Unai Emery – who we can confirm has turned down Napoli’s offer – may have done the same in talks with Seville.
That has excited speculation that his apparent on/off excursions to London will be on again as the Irons look to bring their hunt to a close but we were told: “We have no more information than you!”
On the face of it that may appear to kill the story but Emry has created smokescreens around his movements throughout the week
However, our insider said that the club were definitely interviewing four managers in next 96 hours and that they hoped to to appoint the new manager within seven days.
The news is bound to create a scurry of activity among the media with Sullivan’s Essex mansion becoming the centre of attention over the next four days.