West Ham supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side go down 3-1 at fellow Premier League strugglers Brighton on Saturday, thus bringing to an end their six-match unbeaten league run.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash on the South Coast having won two and drawn the other four of their preceding six league games, a run which has put some distance between themselves and the division’s relegation zone. Yet the Hammers produced an insipid performance and were deservedly beaten by the Seagulls on Saturday as goals from Glenn Murray, Joze Izquierdo, and Pascal Gross sealed a comfortable win for the hosts, thus moving them level on points with the East London outfit in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many angry and frustrated Hammers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping Saturday’s display was nothing more than a blip, and that they produce a much-improved performance in their crucial home clash with Watford on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident West Ham fans to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that it is ‘unlikely’ that manager Moyes will remain in charge at the club beyond the summer.
And were the Hammers to indeed part with the former Everton and Manchester United boss in the close season, they must do all they can to lure Newcastle chief Rafa Benitez away from St James’ Park.
The 57-year-old took over at the North East giants back in 2016 but was unable to keep them in the top-flight, only to commit to the cause and help mastermind their return to the Premier League by winning the Championship last season.
Yet it seems pretty clear that the Spaniard is frustrated by the lack of transfer activity in recent windows, and may not need much convincing at all to leave his job at the club were Mike Ashley to remain the owner heading into the summer.
In fact, reports back in September suggested that Benitez was indeed ready to walk such were his frustrations with the Newcastle hierarchy, and after a January window in which they didn’t spend any money, it’s hard to see how that particular relationship has improved.
And with West Ham having moved into a new stadium and seemingly targeting European football at the club in the coming years, Benitez may well be the calibre of manager to take them to the next level.
The 57-year-old has taken Liverpool to a Champions League title and twice won La Liga with Valencia during his managerial career, and that alongside stints in charge of Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Inter Milan underlines that the Spaniard as a big-time manager, and one who likely wants to be competing at the right end of the division.
And were the Hammers to stay up under Moyes this term, they may well be able to convince Benitez of their long-term ambitions, and would certainly have a chance of luring him to the London Stadium regardless of whether Newcastle stay in the Premier League.
Add all those factors together, and the West Ham hierarchy simply must go after the 57-year-old should they get rid of Moyes over the summer.
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