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Macari turned down Chelsea for West Ham

LouMacariFormer West Ham manager Lou Macari has revealed he turned down an offer to manage Chelsea weeks before he took over at West Ham.

Speaking to Moore Than Just A Podcast in an exclusive interview about his West Ham reign Macari said: “Before West Ham, I had an interview with Ken Bates at Chelsea, he wanted me to be the Chelsea manager. To be honest with you I turned it down because he wanted to appoint my assistant”  

Chelsea owner Ken Bates wanted Bobby Campbell to be Macari’s number two at Chelsea while Chic Bates had been his trusty assistant manager at Swindon and later Stoke and Celtic.

When Macari joined West Ham weeks later he kept John Lyall’s backroom team of Ronnie Boyce, Mick McGiven, Billy Bonds and Tony Carr in place deciding not to bring Chic Bates with him.  Macari said “Unlike Chelsea, West Ham didn’t dictate to me who I had to have working with me”

Macari added “I kept on John Lyall’s team because I thought they know the ins and outs of West Ham” 

You can hear the full interview at https://www.acast.com/moorethanjustapodcast/season7-episode10-theloumacarispecial

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter