According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Rafa Benitez would be very interested if West Ham United came calling should the Hammers sack Manuel Pellegrini.
Pellegrini’s position at the London Stadium looks somewhat precarious. The Irons went into the international break off the back of a poor run of form. They sit just two places above the bottom three in the Premier League.
It remains to be seen how much patience the board are willing to show. But the Daily Mirror does suggest that they felt that they provided the Chilean with sufficient backing in the transfer market. They felt that the Hammers had the tools to challenge for a top six spot.
The Daily Mirror reports that Benitez is set to be their target should they decide to get rid of Pellegrini. And it is suggested that he would be open to a potential approach, particularly with his family still in England.
Benitez’s stock remains high following his Newcastle United exit in the summer which led to the Spaniard taking a job at Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang. The Mirror reports that he earns £12 million-a-year with the club.
There is definitely a sense that Benitez was not able to achieve all he wanted on Tyneside. He arguably did remarkably well with the squad that he had during his time at Newcastle.
West Ham have a lot of quality within their squad. And the board have shown that they are willing to pay marquee fees to get players in.
It could perhaps be the perfect match for all parties if Pellegrini goes. And it will be interesting to see what the supporters make of the rumours should West Ham’s winless streak continue after they face Tottenham this weekend.