Sport West Ham set to approach Benitez

14:26  17 may  2018
14:26  17 may  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Benitez calls on his squad to finish season strongly

  Benitez calls on his squad to finish season strongly Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has challenged his squad to end the season strong and target an eighth-place finish. While the Magpies spent a period of the season focusing solely on ensuring they remain in the top flight ahead of next season, the club are now in a safe position, firmly sat in mid-table. However, with three games remaining for the Tyneside club, Benitez has called on his players to show what they’re about and leapfrog ninth placed Leicester and eighth place Everton. While this could be impossible, depending on the respective club’s final few results, Benitez is determined to put recent defeats to West Brom and the Toffees behind them and end the season strongly. Talking ahead of his sides’ trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford on Saturday, Benitez said; “At the beginning, to finish in the top 17 would have been fine. For us, it was a great achievement.” “If we can finish in the top 10, it would be even better for everyone to be proud of this season. Every player knows this and they will try.” “For me, it’s not a big difference to finish 12th or eighth, but because we are where we are, I would like to finish eighth if it’s possible or ninth or 10th. It would be much better.” While the performances against Everton and Albion in recent weeks haven’t been good, Benitez insisted that there has been no conscious decision from Newcastle to switch off, now that their Premier League status has been confirmed.

West Ham United have reportedly made a formal approach to current Napoli manager Rafa Benitez and the Spaniard is set to join the Premier League club should his potential move to Real Madrid fall through, via Ben Smith on Twitter.

Rafael Benitez has snubbed interest from West Ham and is set to become the new boss of Real Madrid, according to reports in Italy. The Spaniard's current deal with Napoli expires at the end of the season and, after refusing to pen an extension, he is on the lookout for a new club.

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Rafa Benitez has been named the top target to fill West Ham’s vacant manager role.

David Moyes left the Hammers as his short-term deal was not renewed and now they continue their look for a new boss.

The Spaniard has done a terrific job at Newcastle this season in their return to the top flight so it is no wonder the ex-Liverpool boss is in high demand.

According to The Mirror, Benitez is the first choice due to his good relationship with the club as he nearly took on the Hammers job back in 2015, until he decided to take over at Real Madrid instead.

West Ham are set to allow their new boss to use a big amount of money for transfers this summer, a decision that could sway Benitez towards the London Stadium as Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley is set to give him limited funds once again.

If their pursue on Benitez doesn’t work out then they will head back to their target list which has Marco Silva, Manuel Pellegrini and Paulo Fonseca.

Ranieri seen as a backup option for West Ham .
West Ham have reportedly identified Claudio Ranieri as a backup plan in case they fail to appoint one of their preferred choices as the club’s new manager. According to claims from the Guardian, Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is one of the managers who West Ham are seriously considering moving for as they aim to replace David Moyes. However, fresh claims on Friday have indicated that Manuel Pellegrini is leading the race to become the new manager at the London Stadium. It seems as though the hierarchy at West Ham have a good idea of the candidates who they would prefer to become the Hammers’ next permanent boss, but Ranieri is noted by the Guardian as a potential option should they need it. The experienced Italian, who won the Premier League against all odds with Leicester City in the 2015/16 season, was recently sacked by Ligue 1 side Nantes and is now available for work. Ranieri could be offered an instant return to management by West Ham, but only if they are unable to land one of their top targets, according to these recent reports.

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