According to Sky Sports, David Moyes look is now ‘unlikely to stay’ as West Ham manager this summer, with the club believed to have named Rafa Benitez as one of their top targets to replace him at the London Stadium.
The likes of Manuel Pellegrini, Marco Silva and Shakhtar’s Paulo Fonseca are all said to be on their shortlist, but Benitez is a man they’ve been wanting for years now and there’s several suggesting that he’s their top priority.
For example, Graeme Bailey has claimed that he’s their top target should Moyes leave, stating that they are ready to offer him a “sizeable budget” and pay his £6m release-clause.
That being said, I just don’t know why he’d swap Newcastle for West Ham. He’s built something at Newcastle but has become frustrated by our off-field issues, yet he’d be walking into a club that has plenty themselves.
Yes they have a more talented group of players at present, but it’s a smaller club, with similarly unpredictable owners, a stadium they don’t own, and a fan base incomparable to ours on so many levels.
I can see why they want him, but I would struggle to see why Rafa would leave the project he’s trying to build on at Newcastle for that.
It’s always a worry that his release clause could be activated and he could move on if Ashley doesn’t give him what he needs at NUFC, but I just can’t see West Ham being his next move.