Ancelotti linked with vacancy at West Ham
Carlo Ancelotti has emerged as an ambitious surprise candidate for the managerial vacancy at West Ham United after Sam Allardyce's departure was confirmed within minutes of their defeat at Newcastle.
West Ham had been expecting to announce the appointment of Rafael Benitez tomorrow but the former Liverpool manager is now poised to replace Ancelotti at Real Madrid.
Ancelotti said on Saturday that he will take a year out if he loses his job at Real Madrid but West Ham are preparing to test that resolve and it is understood that they have already made contact with intermediaries of the Italian.
The interest in Ancelotti, a former AC Milan and Chelsea manager, is a further sign of the sort of high-profile managers that have figured in West Ham's thinking and they already have decided on a shortlist of potential replacements for Allardyce.
The departure of Allardyce, by "mutual consent", was announced on the club's website immediate after the defeat against Newcastle, with the club adamant that the story was not published at half-time of the match.
The story initially had a 15.52pm time on it but the club insist that the clock's website was simply an hour out.
West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have already drawn up a profile of their ideal candidate.
They believe the manager should be aiming for trophies and ready to make the club regular contenders for European football when they move into their new 54,000-capacity Olympic Stadium home next year.
There also want academy players to get their chance and a passing style of football that is in keeping with what is known internally as 'The West Ham way'.
Allardyce has spent four seasons at West Ham, overseeing their promotion into the Premier League before then consolidating their position.
He has been offered the chance to coach Nigeria and will be among the candidates for the Sunderland job should Dick Advocaat leave this week. (© Daily Telegraph, London)