West Ham news: Club have spoken to two managers… Benitez in frame | Football | Sport
West Ham announced today David Moyes will not be offered a new contract to stay at the club.
Moyes’ contract ran out at midnight on Sunday following the Hammers’ 3-1 win over Everton.
Clarke says former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, whose wages could be an issue, and Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca have been contacted.
He also says Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who came close to managing West Ham in 2015 before joining Real Madrid, is also high up their list.
“They’re looking for someone of high-calibre to take the club to the next stage of their development,” Clarke said on Sky Sports News.
“One of the names, one of the high-calibre names that has emerged, is Manuel Pellegrini.
“We understand West Ham have spoken to representatives of Manuel Pellegrini, he’s currently managing out in China.
“His wages could well be a stumbling block, he’s being paid very well out in China at the moment, so that may block any West Ham bid to take those talks further.
“Another name is Paulo Fonseca, the manager at Shakhtar Donetsk.
“He’s a young, Portuguese manager, he’s got a victory over Manchester City in the Champions League this season.
“He’s another West Ham have spoken to, we understand they spoke to him on Monday and talks went well.
“But the search does go on; they have been speaking to people but other names are in the frame.
“The likes of Rafael Benitez up at Newcastle, they’ve long been fans of Rafa Benitez down here at West Ham.
“Relations have always remained friendly between them, there’s a lot of respect there. He is certainly someone West Ham are looking at.”