Sam Allardyce suggested that Rafa Benitez would have been the wrong man for the West Ham job, when speaking to Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT (Tuesday, February 11th, 07:15).
The Hammers were thinking about appointing the Spaniard towards the end of last year when Manuel Pellegrini was in charge, according to the Express.
The Chilean was eventually sacked on December 28th, and the West Ham board subsequently appointed David Moyes in his place.
Many Hammers fans were far from happy with the Scot’s appointment, however.
West Ham are in real trouble
The east London outfit are in a worse position now than when Moyes took over. They are deeply entrenched in a relegation battle, and with some horrendously difficult run of games on the horizon, Championship football beckons.
Things might just have been so different had West Ham attempted to prise Benitez away from China instead of reappointing Moyes.
Allardyce told Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT how he doesn’t believe that the former Liverpool and Newcastle United boss would have been the right man for the Hammers, however:
“I’m not sure Rafa Benitez would be a forward step [for West Ham]. If you have seen what Rafa did at Newcastle. I always seemed to play the wrong style of football at West Ham whilst I was there. Rafa plays that style of football all the time. He has got a great reputation and he has been a great manager. And there’s no doubt about that. He will set a team out on the basis of the quality of the team. And West Ham doesn’t suit.”
Allardyce makes an interesting point. The 65-year-old was vilified by West Ham fans when he was in charge in east London for what was perceived to be the implementation of negative football.
And Benitez has always employed a similar style throughout his managerial career.
Perhaps the Hammers fans wouldn’t have warmed to the Spaniard’s preferred playing style. But he surely would have them in a better position than the one they are currently in.