Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

West Ham set to approach Newcastle's Rafa Benitez

West Ham set to approach Newcastle's Rafa Benitez

Moyes took charge of West Ham in November previous year, signing a six-month deal following Slaven Bilic's sacking, with the club in the relegation zone.

David Moyes has left West Ham following the end of his short-term contract, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, now with Hebei China Fortune, and outgoing Paris St-Germain coach Unai Emery have also been linked with the role.

And reports last night suggested Benitez was the club's No.1 target. The Spaniard nearly became Hammers boss in the summer of 2015, but they were ultimately beaten by European giants Real Madrid - although the West Ham owners Gold and Sullivan are thought to still be on good terms with Benitez.

Moyes departed just hours after Sunday's season-closing win over Everton when his contract ended.

West Ham United have reportedly held talks with former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini's representatives with a view to making him their next manager.

But former striker Cottee hit out at the decision, saying: 'I'm disappointed.

'We are already taking steps to identify and recruit the manager we believe can take West Ham United forward in line with our ambitions.

The departing Moyes spoke with Sullivan on Wednesday morning but leaves frustrated at how the situation has been handled.

The West Ham board have stated their intention to appoint his successor within 10 days.

"Having taken stock of the situation and reflected now the campaign is complete", West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan said, "we feel that it is right to move in a different direction". It is not clear how the Spaniard would feel about interest from the Hammers, but the Mirror adds that the Irons hierarchy are ready to hand their new manager a sizeable warchest and hope to make an appointment by the end of next week.

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