David Sullivan: West Ham 'very close' to appointing new manager

Ruben Hill
May 18, 2018

The 45-year-old, who has been linked with the Everton job for months now, was said to have interviewed with the Hammers' hierarchy with his agent, Jorge Mendes, in London on Monday as that club considered alternatives to keeping David Moyes on board as boss.

Hislop was not a fan of Moyes' appointment back in November past year but says he did enough to earn a longer stay at the club.

The Telegraph have revealed exactly how Benitez feels about the offer from West Ham.

Although he is resisting the temptation to leave, Benitez would be intrigued by the West Ham job if he can not reach a satisfactory agreement with Newcastle.

But it serves to highlight Benitez's frustration that such a scenario has been talked about since last summer.

So for the time being, I think West Ham will appoint a new boss but it will be Manuel Pellegrini, whilst I can only see the Rafa - Ashley stand-off dragging on for the foreseeable future. We're making ready to nominate a supervisor who has a confirmed file of success on the highest stage of the sport'.

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The transfer window opened on May 17 for Premier League clubs.

He said: 'When I had the meeting with Mike Ashley (in May, 2017) I was confident that we have the money available and the wages.

'I might go away and make some cash.

'Then the assembly was essential to persuade me to remain.

Sources close to the owner say he will give the boss at least £50m to spend this summer and perhaps as much as £70m, depending on player sales.

Ashley has once more pledged to provide Benitez "each final penny the membership generates" after he guided them to a 10th-placed end, with the proprietor insisting he would reject any method for the supervisor.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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