Football pundit Noel Whelan claims that former Liverpool and Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez would love to take charge of West Ham, according to a report which was published by Football Insider.
Whelan is quoted as saying: “I think he’d be absolutely overjoyed with West Ham. They’ve got owners there with money, they’ve already gone out and spent a lot of money, they’ve got fantastic players there.
“It’s about finding that balance. West Ham seem to be one of these teams that you don’t what you’re going to come across when you play them – they’re either going to be excellent or absolutely dire.
“We’ve seen both sides of them this season. I think if any manager can find that consistency and that balance right, it’s Rafa Benitez. He’s done it at every club he’s been at and he’s got the history and track record.”
The Hammers are currently on a poor run of form and their 3-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday left them very close to the relegation zone. There is a lot of pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini, and judging by the club’s recent results, many fans of the club are inclined to believe that the Chilean should be sacked.
Benitez is currently one of the leading contenders to potentially take charge of the Hammers should Pellegrini be sacked. The Spaniard took charge of Dalian Yifang earlier this year after having parted ways with Newcastle United. His stint in China has failed to yield the desired results for the Chinese side so they may be more than willing to let go off him.
Benitez certainly does have the expertise to guide the Hammers out of their current situation. He has previously won the Champions League as well as FA Cup with Liverpool. He also managed Newcastle admirably between 2016-19. In spite of having had to work with a very limited budget, he managed to keep the Magpies in the Premier League during recent seasons.
He also won the Toon Army instant promotion to the top-flight after they were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015/16 season amidst structural mismanagement behind the scenes.
Benitez’s term at St James Park improved his reputation significantly.