A week ago, West Ham were believed to have named Rafa Benitez as their number one target to replace David Moyes, but today it’s ex-Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini who’s been appointed at the London Stadium.
Just a few days ago, social media was full of Hammers fans absolutely full of it, thinking they had Benitez all but secured after David Sullivan’s statement confirmed they were ‘very close’ to appointing an unnamed manager who was proven both in Europe and in the Premier League.
It certainly did sound like it could’ve been Rafa, as he did fit that bill, but they were wrong.
In Manuel Pellegrini they have a top class manager and one who has a league title on his CV with Manchester City, however it’s quite amusing to see how fans have reacted to Pellegrini’s appointment just a few days on from hoping it would be Benitez – the club’s initial number one target.
Some of these reactions are pretty embarrassing really, with some conveniently deciding they never wanted Rafa in the first place now they’ve failed to land him for the second time:
Can't believe massive, giant club #WHUFC failed to lure Rafa Benitez from tiny #NUFC like. Hopefully Pellegrini can restore them to the glory days of five top 6 finishes since WWI or win their first ever league title maybe? @BroadcastMoose
— Jamie Orrell (@jamieorrell) May 22, 2018
“Can’t believe massive, giant club
#WHUFC failed to lure Rafa Benitez from tiny #NUFC like. Hopefully Pellegrini can restore them to the glory days of five top 6 finishes since WWI or win their first ever league title maybe?”
“I don’t get the obsession with Benitez. He’s tactics are negative.”
“He is no different to Moyes or Big Sam apart from being Spanish. but he had the opportunity to manage great clubs but was still negative with them and his record at those hardly inspiring considering what had at his disposal.”
“Don’t worry, Pellegrini does play the West Ham way, he’s actually exciting unlike Benitez.”
“It’s gonna be more fun. Rafa does have a dull side to him.”
“Pellegrini is a great managerial hire. Maybe even better than Benitez.”
“Benitez is more negative so can only see this as a positive”
Maybe next time lads!
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) May 22, 2018