Hammers set to spend but sacked Ancelotti rules out move
West Ham United are prepared to spend heavily to try to tempt a marquee manager to succeed Sam Allardyce, but they appear to be running out of big-name options.
Allardyce was paid £3m a year by West Ham, but the London club are willing to increase that salary to get one of their top choices and promise at least two big-name signings.
Despite being sacked by Real Madrid yesterday, Carlo Ancelotti ruled out a move to Upton Park by revealing that he needs spinal surgery. Rafael Benitez is likely to replace the Italian at Madrid while Sevilla’s Unai Emery is wanted by AC Milan.
West Ham have not given up on either David Moyes or Jurgen Klopp, although Moyes says that he is staying at Real Sociedad and German sources claim Klopp could take six months off. Brendan Rodgers would move on to the Hammers’ radar if he were to be sacked by Liverpool.
Slaven Bilic is leaving Besiktas and wants the West Ham job, while Michael Laudrup’s contract with the Qatari club Lekhwiya runs out in the summer and the Dane is interested in a return to the Premier League.
The West Ham co-owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, are in no rush to make an immediate appointment with club officials believing the process could take around three weeks. Sullivan and Gold would rather wait to see who may become available than hurry a decision and miss out on a good opportunity.
The search for a new manager is unlikely to delay West Ham pursuing their transfer targets, led by Tony Henry, the head of recruitment. West Ham want to make at least five signings, with the hope being that two of those will be names who will excite the club’s fans.
Talking about his future, Ancelotti said: “I said it before and I can only repeat it – I’ll stop for a year. I also have a very serious reason to stop, I need to have an operation for cervical stenosis (a spinal condition).”
West Ham will move into the Olympic Stadium next year.
(© Daily Telegraph, London)