Simeone dream as Irons start boss hunt


Diego_Simeone_-_01West Ham have rubbished speculation that Sam Allardyce – as the world’s 13th best paid boss – receives a bigger salary than Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone.

And the reason they know that is because they are currently scouring the world looking for a replacement for the manager at the end of the season.

The Daily Mail’s Adrian Durham wrote this morning that Allardyce earned more than Simeone but in one phone call from ClaretandHugh a top Irons insider said: “Diego is on 5million euros plus huge bonuses. There is also a 4m buyout on his contract, that goes to 12m shortly.

Β “West Ham would obviously want Diego but the truth is that he really wants Manchester City or Bayern Munich and thus we are not an easy sell!”

The Irons intend to spend the next eight weeks seeing who is available and whether West Ham interests those who interest us.

A Hammers source told us exclusively: Β “All the clubs that sacked managers hired the β€˜usual suspects ’We are scouring the world. Wed love Simeone, but its 100/1 shot.”

Meanwhile the reliable ExWHUemployee has tweeted this afternoon: “Club already lining up potential Sam replacements

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • ssaunders says:

    From what I understand Frank Rikyard and Michael Laudraup are both available. Either of those would be a great shout and hopefully an improvemnet on Big Sam.

  • rads45 says:

    Sounds like good news.I hope that we will soon see the back of the walking,talking ego.For those who think it is better the devil you know then follow Sam to his next club.If people are concerned that we might be relegated next season before the move to the OS,just because Sam isnt our guiding light dont panic.A trained monkey could keep our squad we have & will have in the Prem next year.We will go to the OS with or without BS.But it will be as a Premiership team.As for people thanking Sam for this season.I thank Carroll & Nolan,though unfortunate for them,for be injured at the start of the season so we saw our best football in years.But how can i thank Allardyce for then dismantling this as soon as Carroll & Nolan were fit.He had a chance to win over the fans to some extent.He totally blew it.Now he will probably reap what he sowed.Come on Davids,we all have the utmost respect for you,do what is right for the club & the fans.

    • mattefumi69 says:

      I totally agree with you Rads. Really good point of view.

    • TysonM says:

      Well said fella.You nailed it in my opinion.Guess this now means i know nothing about football either.After that conker & his clone SDIA or whatever said you know nothing about football.Havnt seem them about in the last few days though.Maybe they are cleaning Sams fleet of Roll Royces for him.

  • mattefumi69 says:

    Yes, probably Simeone is (unfortunately) just a dream and like him also Guardiola, Ancelotti, etc. As I wrote yesterday I think the first big purchase of next year have to be the manager. So a financial sacrifice, if necessary, must be done in that direction. We would lay the foundation for a great future. A really good manager would also attract really good players. Personal opinion.

  • MerryMichaelW says:

    Ooo! I do like rads45’s post!!! πŸ˜†

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I wouldn’t touch Laudrup personally, he was lucky at Swansea where he inherited a side but as soon as the cup win was out of the way the team looked lazy and he was unable to halt their slide, I think he is too laid back to be a boss in the PL, although I want a new boss we need the players to stay n top of their games and to be pushed to improve and be at their best. Simeone would definitely do that he is like an Argentinian DiCanio,

    • mattefumi69 says:

      Yes Simeone would be perfect, he’s a leader and a motivator. He’s also a team builder without huge budgets. But I’m afraid he will aspire to a bigger club. Anyway, hope is the last to die… πŸ˜‰

  • reece98 says:

    tbh i wouldnt want simeone, great motivator but his teams are very defensive and overly aggressive

    • mattefumi69 says:

      I think his teams are “aggressive” with the positive acception of this word. When you say defensive, probably you mean “strong defense” and it’s not the same thing. His teams score many goals and have robust defenses. Two examples: Chelsea-Atletico, Atletico-Real M. (the last one). This is my opinion πŸ˜‰

  • rads45 says:

    To be fair i do think Sam deserves the Β£3m+ wedge he is on.Thats what you have to pay for a top class manager.If we were only willing to pay Β£1m we would get a manager with little knowledge or understanding of football.One that would probably go into a press conference & declare that ‘tippy tappy football is ********’.We should be thankful we have Sam πŸ™‚

  • bubs says:

    Simone will not be allowedto leave Spanish football unless Man City,Monaco,PSG or
    Chelsea break the bank,
    He lives in Spain where they speak his mother language it does not rain all the time,the managers and players do not get mobbed every where they go,there’s no winter madnes,
    The Cup means nothing and the Euro goes along way,
    Real or Barca will take him when they are ready but I think he will stay at Athletico were he is worshipped,
    BFS ( sorry conkerpot ) is a good English Manager maybe even the best but every dog has his day and for me we need a change because 8 th is not what I want playing this sort of football,
    Southampton have twice taken a chance and have proven you don’t need to go to the top to get your manager but Cardiff also took a chance,
    If Di Canio had not gone to Sunderland and was judged on his Swindon results we would all be calling for him,Teddy has done no wrong so far and knows how our club works,
    Howe is unproven in the premier,Ect Ect that is why this is such a good subject and not all of us will agree on one person.
    But let’s go back to playing entertaining football so we are proud to bring are children and OAP to the games again,

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