Laudrup ruled out as Hammers candidate


LaudrupWest Ham United’s board have ruled out Michael Laudrup as a possible new manager for the club.

The former Swansea boss has been out of work since being sacked earlier in the season and recently topped a poll as the West Ham fans’ favourite to take over at Upton Park should Sam Allardyce be sacked.

And following the result of a poll conducted by 16 independent Hammers websites today showing 78 per cent want the present manager gone, Laudrup was emerging as a likely replacement.

There is no chance of Allardyce being sacked before the end of the season and a board meeting would need to be called for such a decision to be made.

Normally full agreement between all members of the board is needed for decisions to be enacted but ClaretandHugh has learned that co owner David Sullivan can over-rule should he wish.

Laudrup’s name has been regularly mentioned as a leading candidate along with David Moyes but a trusted source has ruled both out.

He told ClaretandHugh exclusively: “Normally we wouldn’t talk about other candidates whilst we have a manager.

“But we understand there’s a lot of wild speculation around and thus it’s as well to make it clear that nether Michael Laudrup or David Moyes are candidates SHOULD the club go in a different direction”

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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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  • jaybs says:

    Sadly! The Club and moreover the Co-Owners seem to be stubborn to the end, are they going to list every manager available and then say they will not be considered? Interesting it will take a Board Meeting to be called, but David Sullivan can over rule any decision made, democracy at it’s best LOL!

  • Quickdraw says:

    I’ll start by saying I believe Sam should go, not necessarily for the results afterall barring a mathematical miracle he has done what he has been asked to do but it is his arrogance, lack of tactical flexibilty and most of all his sheer disdain towards the fans with his comments and actions that upset me most. The $64,000 question then is who should replace him?
    Laudrup is too fickle, his managerial CV is full of short stays so despite his footballing style I don’t believe him to be the man for the job, I also believe the board would be wary of appointing a foreign manager. I think Moyes is a proven manager especially with a point to prove but I’m not sure his tactics would be any more positive than Sam’s and there’s doubts over him coming south plus his contractual post MU agreements.
    My worry is that Sam will remain purely on default as there is a shortage of candidates that would fit the board’s bill i.e. British and PL experienced with solid results to back this up. Therefore I fear we carry on with Sam until we are Stratford bound.

  • SamTWHU says:

    Glad to hear part of this. Laudrup would be a terrible replacement. His style is far too removed from what we could possibly begin to play with the current crop we have, that we would struggle far worse then we do now. He also is a very shaky choice when you look at what he has done. Yes a fantastic first season with Swansea, but this season they have hardly performed better then we have. His signings in my opinion have also been poor this season, Bony aside most have struggled. Unless he pulled another Michu from somewhere I fail to see how he could implement his style on our team without serious investment.
    We need a different, better style, but one that suits both the players we have with little investment. DG&DS will not spend the kind of money needed for an overhaul. This is why I believe it would be ludicrous to not at least attempt to lure David Moyes. His style is better then Sam’s, his teams get the ball down and play when the time is right. However one key attribute of a Moyes team that will suit West Ham is working the ball wide and looking to get crosses in. Not hoofed hopeful long balls to a target man but direct attacking football, feeding the wingers who then feed the centre forwards. This would suit the players west ham have and be a huge improvement on what we see right now. Moyes also has a point to prove, he certainly hasn’t become a bad manager because of one job too big. He knows how to work a budget, how to bring on youth players, and ultimately should be the leading the candidate should we finally get rid of Sam Hoof-ball Allardyce. We need a strong manager to take control of the dressing room, with experience. Moyes, Bilic and McClaren are the only possibles out of list of many that simply wouldn’t work.

  • New606 says:

    Didn’t want laudrup or moyes or McKay. McLaren or pardew would be my choices probably edging towards pards

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