LEROY: This is the man I want as manager


LEROY (1)I explained yesterday why I believe the two Daves should shake hands, thank him but allow Sam Allardyce to walk away NOW!

For everybody’s sake I believe that is the way forward but the big question is: “Who should replace him.”

For me it should be a straight choice between Jurgen Klopp and Rafa Benitez. this club is going up in the world and we have to have an upgrade on Sam.

Klopp would be magnificent – Rafa would be superb but I guess if they both said “yes” I would have to plump for the German.

He’s a fun loving bloke who would have a rapport with the fans immediately. Actually they deserve each other because the fans are the best anywhere and so is Jurgen.

It’s a marriage made in heaven and I hope the owners can make it happen.

Rafa – should he become available – is also a fabulous manager who would take us to the next level and beyond. He’s a winner and ideal for us.

The owners can sell this club by telling both of them that the Olympic Stadium vision is for regular European football either of them could deliver.

Give one of the other of them a four year contract and watch sparks fly.


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  • Michael Miller says:

    Ha-ha – nice one Leroy – we can all dream!

    Realistically, we’re more in the Alex McLeish league rather than the Champions League!

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    spot on Leroy!
    If the time to change is now then they are the best options. Probably won’t get them but it’s not impossible.
    Let’s put this Bielsabub fairy tail to bed for good.

  • mattefumi el loco says:

    Lerory, I totally agree with you. Totally.


  • TysonM says:

    Well that is fine Michael but Alex McLeish took a team to the last 16 in the Champions League (Rangers),so i guess that makes him a Champions League manager as well,lol 😀

    • Michael Miller says:

      ….and he worked for the Dave’s at Birmingham – stranger things have happened!

      • TysonM says:

        Nah,if that happens i will flush my season ticket down the kharsi 😀

        • canchaz says:

          The “Sam’s got to go now” line is not news anymore, it’s history. I (among more than a few others have posted many times on this idea and quite frankly it would have happened by now if it was going to.
          And the Klopp rumour has just about the same chance of ever coming to pass

          • TysonM says:

            What are you telling me for,i cant see anywhere on this article i have said ‘Sams got to go now’,lol 😉

  • HamburgHammer says:

    This end of the season talk mantra is utterly stupid considering the way football is today.
    Sometimes you just harm your own cause if you tie yourself down with a mantra like this.
    If the result of this mantra is that our manager targets 1, 2 and 3 have already signed elsewhere in the meantime and we only have a choice left (if at all) between number four or five, what good does that do to both the club or Allardyce.
    Allardyce will have no trouble finding a new club in the USA or maybe Sunderland or Hull or whatever.
    West Ham though could lose out on some very decent managers in the meantime.
    Not that Brady would care that much as she will soon enough slip away into politics for good.
    Which manager is going to manage our club next season is of no particular interest to Brady really…why should she care ?

    • Michael Miller says:

      …BFS to Fulham is the rumour at the moment – about his level (and Nolan’s)

  • TysonM says:

    Btw,i saw Brady on sky website earlier went i went on it,she is still saying the results have been disappointing but the performances have been good, amongst other crap she normally spouts when it comes to talking about stuff on the pitch.Unbelievable.The performances have still been good,lol,ok Baroness Brady,if you say so,pffff 😉

  • HamburgHammer says:

    Does Brady watch the games in full inside the stadium or just the 30 second highlights later on MOTD ? LOL

  • Sarith says:

    apparently Karen Brady thinks sams had a great season this year,he’s getting another contract.

  • bubs says:

    First sleepswith breaks his faith in BFS,
    Then Mrs B reminds us she has a week spot for our large cuddly leader,
    Then Hamburg comes to share his thoughts with us it’s just like Harry Potter,
    Klopp will talk to us if the top teams turn away from him and I agree we need to go out there now and recruit our new man not wait and make him feel wanted,
    We have waited and look where that has got us 10th and going down each week,

  • Hammerman6 says:

    Don’t get excited guys, Lady Brady has leaked the news that Mr Allardyce is having talks at the end of the season …………..well that’s me saving lots of cash next season, because if he is still here I won’t be for one.

  • Rads Can Take No More Samasaurus.com says:

    She is playing the game,coming out with the same stuff they have all been saying for a couple of months now about sitting down to discuss this,discuss that at the end of the season.I dont read too much into it.Im convinced he will be gone.Dont panic just yet Hammerman 😀

  • hammer4life says:

    I do t see it as a straight choice. For me Klopp is the better choice. I’m a little concerned Benitez might not do so well on a smaller player budget. Just an opinion.

  • bubs says:

    Personally I don’t think Klopp or Bernitez will be coming and I hope the directors are talking to Biesla as well as I think he will want to come and do a good job,
    If he can’t speak English to start off with it may be a bonus until he settled in nod I would take the chance to change the set up so he is coach and we have front man talking to the press who is not stupid and makes off the cuff remarks like a lot of pundits do.

  • whambam says:

    It’s just a smokescreen till Wenger gets the job

  • mattefumi el loco says:

    Today probably Napoli will offer Benitez a new contract: 1 or 2 years. But nothing is sure. Bielsa is my favourite manager after Klopp.

    BFS YOU’RE MY 1.000.345.786.990 th FAVOURITE MANAGER

    • mattefumi el loco says:

      sorry… not today Napoli will offer… today I heard on TV Napoli probably will offer…

  • Roman says:

    Read Teddy Sheringham has his hat in the ring to return to Fratton Park as manager.If true it seems to me there is a clean out imminent at the Boylen.

  • WHU647580 says:

    Neither will happen imo. More chance of SA getting a new deal and based on Bradys comments today she’s already standing by what they’ve said l season, nothing leaked just a reiteration of common knowledge.

  • Tony gore says:

    Well yes, give him another year

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