After his presence at the fixture between West Ham United and his former side in midweek, Roberto Mancini is said to be ready to step into the managerial role for the Irons in the summer, say the Mirror. They claim that the West Ham board are planning a review of Slaven Bilic’s performance at the end of the season and see Mancini as a potential candidate to replace the Croatian.
The Italian is thought to be desperate for an opportunity to return to England where he spent three years in charge of the Citizens and is looking for a job after an unsuccessful return to his former club Inter Milan.
The Sun believe that the club will also be busy in the summer making a £15 million bid to Manchester City for their goalkeeper Joe Hart, currently out on loan in Serie A with Torino. The England number one is expected to leave the club when he returns from his loan spell, and West Ham are ready to offer him a £100,000 per week contract.
Hart would replace goalkeeper Adrian, who is set to depart for a fee in the region of £5 million, with Darren Randolph returning to his role as second choice behind the Premier League winner.
Jose Fonte may have made his debut on Wednesday evening against Manchester City, but it was one to forget in a 4-0 thrashing. Now, Fonte has hit out at his new teammates as he blamed the side for not following Bilic’s orders, saying:
“We worked on a game plan during the week and when the game started we did not apply it. We tried to over play in areas the manager said not to. We should have gone with a game plan that would be to explore the play behind and in the flanks and we need to improve… The fans are disappointed and we apologise and we want to put it right for them. They deserve everything and all our sacrifices and that is what we are going to do.”
The Hammers have been desperate for more experience in defence and Fonte could be the perfect addition to make that happen, but he may need time.
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