West Ham chiefs willing to give Newcastle's Rafa Benitez WHATEVER HE WANTS to be their next manager

West Ham chiefs willing to give Newcastle's Rafa Benitez WHATEVER HE WANTS to be their next manager
They've generally said they have hugeambitions — now they need a major name to satisfy them.

West Ham boss are desperate for a brand of football to infuse some genuinely necessary soul into the London ­Stadium.

They are quick to get some ­return from their investment in the most costly squad they have ever had. And, after Sam Allardyce and David Moyes, they need a man ready to build up a ­connection with the fans and to pull in ­quality toward the East End.

Step forward, Rafa Benitez?

Newcastle chief Mike Ashley may be dragging his heels over backing the Spaniard in the transfer market, but West Ham are ready to give him whatever he wants to come to London.

The Hammers have won few friends for the way in which they parted company with David Moyes, who saved them from relegation.

The Scot lifted them from 18th to 13th and inspired the improved form of record signing Marko ­Arnautovic, which ultimately proved the difference.

Moyes restored discipline, ­organisation and focus, which saw the squad through the fans’ protests against the ­owners and the club’s crippling injury problems.

Remarkably, however, there were still some supporters who were not having him and were convinced the club could do ­better.

The board, ultimately, agreed.

Moyes had to be nudged into signing midfielder Joao Mario, who has gone on to ­impress, from Inter Milan in January. His other winter signing, £8million striker Jordan Hugill from Preston, has made just three appearances.

The explosion of anger during the Burnley game in March shamed the club.

But the owners have been confronted on other occasions too, with ­fans ­attacking their stewardship of their beloved Irons.

And just as Rafa quelled a previously ­unhappy Newcastle fan base, West Ham believe the 58-year-old Spaniard can lift an underachieving squad and placate the fans.

They have tried for big managers before.

After sacking Big Sam three years ago, they lost out to Real Madrid on Benitez havig agreed a deal, and tried to tempt Jurgen Klopp.

They held talks with ­revered former Marseille head coach ­Marcelo Bielsa two years ago, before bringing in Slaven Bilic.

Now, they know that, with a big-name boss, comes a big commitment and they feel they have learnt their lessons.

Now, they are prepared to push the boat out for the man who takes over from Moyes.


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