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Report: Moyes replacement flies to London to sign Hammers deal


According to breaking news reports, Ruben Amorim travelled to London this afternoon to meet with the owners of West Ham.

The Sporting Lisbon coach reportedly left Portugal accompanied by businessman Raul Costa on a private jet provided by the Hammers. The reports were accompanied by a photo of Amorim walking towards a private jet, although there is little evidence of the plane’s destination.

Amorim supposedly boarding a West Ham chartered jet to London

Hammers manager David Moyes has come under increasing pressure following yesterdays humiliating loss to Crystal Palace. However, club sources are adamant that they will not make any decision on the managers future until the end of the season.

Hiring the 39-year-old coach would be an incredibly ambitious move for West Ham. As mentioned earlier on C&H, Amorim has a hefty buyout clause in the region of £20 million, so hiring him will not be inexpensive.

David Ornstein and Fabrizio Romano have both confirmed the Hammers’ interest in the Portuguese coach today. Reports suggest that Amorim is West Ham’s top target. However, former Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui is also in the running and is currently residing in England. Lopetegui was reported last night to have turned down the chance to coach Milan in order to sign with The Hammers.

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  • Far West Hammer says:

    No way the club are going to pay 20m for a manager. This ‘interest’ in Amorim is a ploy to appease disillusioned fans, no doubt.

  • Hammer_Rite says:

    C’mon Gonzo you can do better than this mate?

  • Bennyboy baker says:

    This is just a smoke screen to try and get us fans back onboard Sullivan would not even consider paying a buy out amount it’s just not his style pity he can’t even do the right thing and put us all out of our misery by getting moyes gone now

    • Gonzo says:

      Mate, Sullivan isn’t claiming this. He’s told C&H today that he’s meeting with Moyes at the end of the season and will decide then. As specified in the article, there is no way of substantiating these claims . . it could easily be him getting on any plane to any destination.

      • Kip says:

        Fair shout gonzo I was going to ask you how true this is actually….what do you think urself? And how good is this bloke …??

        • Gonzo says:

          Hello mate, Amorim is decent and probably considered the brightest young coach in Europe.

          Portugal is always considered a big three but the truth is that Sporting hadn’t finished above Porto or Benfica for years before Amorim came along. He plays great football and is brilliant with youth players but was handed a lesson in the Europa League by Gasperini.

          I still think we’ll go for the cheap option, I just find it hard to imagine that West Ham will pay a big release clause for a manager.

          Hope that helps mate and thanks for reading

      • Trevor Beaumont says:

        David Moyes claims the decision to sign a new deal is solely his.

  • Anonymous says:

    I don’t think anything will appease us fans at the min mate ….if moyes got the sack right awsy ..I think that would though…playing for nothing now apart from money , so let Nolan take over and start the search straight away. ..get the new management in asap would benefit us more …just so he can get a feel for the place this season 🤣👍

  • Metty says:

    Gonzo, Metty the plane spotter here with (I think) verification. Assuming that the photo was taken yesterday, then there’s only one trip that fits the aircraft type in the photo.

    Flight VVV221, aircraft registration CS-DVH, departed Lisbon-Cascais at 1515 landing Stansted 1806, then as VVV223 departing Stansted at 2230. Times may be GMT (so local UK +1).

    Cascais is the business jet airport near Lisbon and there were no other candidate flights that I can see.

    So he’s been to London for a quick meeting with someone!

    • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

      Love this. Top man!

      I can sense Gonzo’s mild frustration with some of these comments, and I don’t blame him. It’s important that we carefully read ALL of the post, not just the headline, before commenting… 😉

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