Rafa out of Europe but two others in Irons sights

benitez1-399817Napoli have crashed out of the Europa Cup at the semi final stage and the big question now is whether Rafa Benitez is out of the Serie A club and on his way to Upton Park.

The Italian outfit were defeated 1-0 byย Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukraine ย which throws doubts over his future at the club ahead of new contract talks.

But it strengthens the Hammers position with a top source telling us : “The board really like Rafa because he knows the Premier League and would arrive ready to hit the ground running.

“The big question has always been whether he can be prised out of ย Napoli – this result may make things easier for us to achieve that.”

Benitez is known to be keen on a Premier League return and with his wife still living in the country the Hammers may now be looking an attractive option.

Slaven Bilic still remains a possible option but our source added: “There’s one other candidate who is being kept a big secret. All anyone will say is that he’s never worked in the UK but has a great record abroad.

“However, Rafa looks a more likely candidate tonight.”




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36 comments on “Rafa out of Europe but two others in Irons sights

  1. Ahhh,secret squirrels.A suprise candidate,that will keep the debaters busy for weeks ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. So this other one must speak English otherwise Biesla would not be out of the picture ?
    Not a problem for me Rafa,Bilic or the mystery man ( intriguing )
    Now you have the brain mater working Hugh
    Matte you cover Italy I will go through Spain Hamburg you have Germany,

  3. I have complete faith in our owners to surprice us all and bring in a completely random and **** manager like Paul Lambert….

  4. Probably some geezer who has won the Peruvian league 5 times & the Somalian Premier League 3 times ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Glenn Roeder throws his hat in the ring!

  6. Is Lambert working now and he can’t be the mystery because he has worked in England,
    Lambert was all right a Norwich but jumped to quickly,
    That’s the problem and why Howe is not ready yet,they make a name for there selves and instead of taking there time they head for the big time to early and ruin there career,
    Paul Ince,Zola,De Matteo,De Canio,Poyet,Wise,Gullit eft ect

  7. I have faith this time,i really do,that the board aint going to balls it up & will bring in someone who is the business.I feel it in my water.They aint going to let us down.

  8. And this geezer speaks English ,Rads I have this picture in my head one of Mo Farow
    Playing pan pipes out side boots with his football CV being interviewed by Mrs Brady,
    And then the Spuds sign him

    • I know,get ready for Pierre Hugo Juan Bert Dos Smithio to arrive from Somalia via Peru on a five year contract ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. I’m just hoping it doesn’t turn out to be another manager like Grant. Won all these wonderful things abroad but being clueless in Premier League

  10. 66 have you eatern asparagus today because that effects your water,
    I hope you are right for all our sakes

  11. Yeah,this is a real big time for the club,i think they can attract a good manager & will bring in a big name.Just a feeling i have but no asparugus involved bubs,lol

  12. Klopp rumoured as Ancelotti replacement at Real Madrid. If he doesn’t join Madrid (I don’t think Klopp would be happy in that environment and with the 24/7 media coverage centred around that club) I am still confident he could be our secret Iron in the fire…

  13. Sorry, but I would go with Sam until we love to the OS… Next year is too important for us, we need stability and Davids know it. Sam did a great job, he just needs time. I still believe he is the right man, give him 2 years again along with Kev & Andy.
    Did I forget something? Lol

    • I really apperciate all Sam has done for us with getting us up and keeping us there, but I think this divide between supporters has to be sorted. I think it’s time for him to move on so we can get someone new in, and all get behind team to have a positive final season at Upton park.

    • *move… Lol

  14. Lol,well i read something in The Guardian a little while ago from Sam that will send you crazy Matte,but im sure you will see it on here tomorrow.So i will save it till then,lol,it is very funny about how well he thinks he has done ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. mattefumi, have a read on KUMB, there are still numerous Sam admirers demanding two or even four year deals for their hero, even using the same phrases as you have just done.

  16. Rads, let me spoil that for you. Allardyce quote prior to Everton game:
    “Only Houdini could do better job than me at West Ham. I’ve worked wonders with this club.”
    Now all the man needs is a little bit of self confidence and arrogance…LOL

  17. Haha,dont get him more fired up H,he is like a lil italian firework anyway ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Smith io Rads you sound like a lot of English around here they speako the lingo all the timeo when they are not in the baro with a beerotrying to watching the tellyo
    Can’t wait to read tomorrow it’s like the last of the Ten Commandments
    Night all play nicely

  19. Lol,night bubs ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Houdini,yeah right.He almost went over the top of niagra falls didnt he.Wouldnt mind sticking Sam in a barrel & launching him over the edge ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Ahaha… Please don’t spoil the surprise Rads… Loool
    Night guys, see you tomorrow with the latest and hottest news about the Genius… Lol

  22. Hamburg has already posted it Matte,the secret is out,lol

  23. Ahahah… Noooooooooooo! Looool
    This one is the best…Sam Houdini… Please kill me… Lol
    Please Hugh, tomorrow I need Your article about it…. Ahaha


  24. I hear that Vladamir Putin is looking to relocate into a new career ….. Done rather well in Europe lately…. No losses.
    Never been in the Prem league….. Yet!!! Could this be our next Gaffer, I think Comrade Sullivan would be delighted.

  25. Hahaha,yeah Sully will like getting his mitts on some of Putins clobber ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. “All anyone will say is that heโ€™s never worked in the UK but has a great record abroad” the de Boer dream is back on!
    Less than ten days now football loving fans

  27. De Boer I hope would be the surprise…ten days is a long wait, who knows the managerial merry go round may kick off as soon as this weekend.

  28. If we tell the spuds, do you think they will offer him a contract?

  29. Lol,maybe they will take Nolan as captain as well.It could be a match made in heaven ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Sam Houdini,nice ring to it.You have got to love his humble nature & willingness to never seek attention or go looking for pats on the back.What a total w*nker!

  31. And people wonder why he is disliked by fans on so many levels.The geezer is a self promoting ********.Won nothing but loves himself for being a middle of the road,average manager with ancient tactics & skills.Now if Nigel ‘osrtich man’ Pearson had said it about Leicester then it has some truth in it.

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