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Lopetegui: A Manager of Principle and Ambition

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West Ham United’s appointment of Julen Lopetegui as their new manager has generated mixed reactions from fans. While some are unsure, others are warming up to him after learning more about his background.

One aspect that seems to be resonating positively with West Ham fans is Lopetegui’s reputation for being a man of principle. Many recall his departure from Wolverhampton Wanderers last year due to unfulfilled promises regarding transfer spending. This is seen as a positive sign, suggesting he will hold the West Ham ownership accountable and fight for resources to achieve his goals.

Further evidence of Lopetegui’s strong character comes from reports that he rejected a highly lucrative offer from a Saudi club. Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, who first reported Lopetegui’s move to West Ham, claims the manager turned down a staggering £60 million annual salary in favour of a Premier League opportunity. This highlights Lopetegui’s prioritisation of a competitive challenge over simply financial gain.

Balague also confirms reported interest in Lopetegui from giants like Manchester United and Bayern Munich. This underscores Lopetegui’s credentials as a top manager in Europe.

Balague criticised pundits who downplayed West Ham fans’ desire for a more exciting style of play. He believes fans deserve to be entertained, and Lopetegui’s appointment could usher in a more attacking brand of football compared to what they witnessed under David Moyes.

While a more entertaining style is desirable, Balague acknowledges the importance of maintaining a winning mentality. If West Ham can play with both flair and substance under Lopetegui’s leadership, it could be a successful new chapter for the club.

Overall, Lopetegui’s character, ambition, and managerial qualities seem to be winning over some West Ham fans who were initially apprehensive about his appointment. The future looks promising as the club prepares for a new era under Lopetegui.

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  • John Ayris says:

    I think talks with Amorim raised everyones expectations. I wasn’t grinning ear to ear when it became apparent that it would be Lopetegui, but as suggested in the article I am warming to the idea more and more. I’m now wanting the next two games over and to start with the new.

    • Ess_Bee says:

      It’s good he is a man of principle but I am sure he is already a millionaire, but as they say … more wants more. Anyway, I for one, am looking forward to seeing him develop a younger team with academy players being developed and given a chance.

  • keith astley says:

    He hasn’t signed yet as far as i know. Hope we don’t lose out on him.

  • Simon says:

    Good to get some positives about our next manager.
    Sadly, some experts have already branded him negatively without even considering his achievements and abilities.
    My wish and expectation is that WH get the right man to take this club forward, making us the big club WH deserves to be. ☆ Coyi – God bless West Ham.

  • Simon says:

    Good to get some positives about our next manager.
    Sadly, some experts have already branded him negatively without even considering his achievements and abilities.
    My wish and expectation is that WH get the right man to take this club forward, making us the big club WH deserves to be.
    ☆ Coyi – God bless West Ham.

  • paul lewis says:

    Personally I am looking forward to the summer transfer window opening, as I am confident that we will make some excellent signings to bring the club forward, in Tim we trust.
    Also, I cant wait for next season to start so we can ram the so called experts trash talking of us fans on talk****e etc right back down their throats.

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    I always supported Moyes and thought too many were not grateful enough for what he did for us.
    Having said that, I support West Ham and so I’ll support whoever is the Boss and look forward to a very bright future, hoping this new Boss will prove all doubters wrong. He needs to do that.
    We should all give him at least 2 years ( hopefully he won’t take a dive inside that time ), and pray that he be very successful.

  • Sensible says:

    The PR machine for Lopetegui is in full motion thats why people are coming around to him being manager. Whoever comes in lets give them our support. #MoyesGone

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    Also he should include due regard to our brilliant young Under 21’s team.

  • Hammeroo says:

    I’ll tip my hat to the new Constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again
    No, no
    Yeah!
    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss

    Lyrics by The Who

  • Ian says:

    Guy must be mad 60 million I’d go for a season but I’m skint!6

  • D.f.butcher says:

    If the guys willing to give up that kind of wonga it proves he’s loopy enough to do the job

  • inn says:

    the cheek of these guys

    after spreading an unsubstantiated story about sullivan bringing lop in because of his relationship with will salthouse and in opposition with steidten and noble

    you guys have zero shame

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