West Ham United want to replace director of football Mario Husillos with a man who has worked with Rafa Benitez at Liverpool.

That’s according to a new report from Hammers website Claret & Hugh, which claims to have a top level source inside the club – believed to be co-owner David Sullivan.

Speculation has been rife about the future of recruitment chief Husillos of late (The Guardian).

West Ham’s eight game winless run saw Husillos and manager Manuel Pellegrini come under intense scrutiny.

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Husillos speculation not going away

The excellent 1-0 win at Chelsea on Saturday has lifted the whole club.

But Husillos continues to be questioned over his acquisitions, particularly that of hapless goalkeeper Roberto.

The new report from C&H claims West Ham want Bordeaux head of recruitment Eduardo Macia.


The website claims Macia is at the ‘head of the list’ for Husillos replacements.

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Owners target former Liverpool man Macia as replacement

And the 45 year old – picture above (left) – has had an intriguing career having worked at Valencia, Olympiacos, Fiorentina, Real Betis, Leicester City and – before the Foxes – Liverpool.

At Anfield he worked alongside Rafa Benitez, who has been heavily linked as a potential replacement for Pellegrini in recent weeks (Daily Mail).

Speculation over Pellegrini’s future has gone away for now. But the ties between Benitez and Macia may not bode well for the Chilean long term.

When Husillos was appointed as West Ham’s director of football in June last year he received big billing on the official website.

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Fans feel penny-pinching owners are more culpable

But it seems one or two questionable signings has changed everything.

Even then many West Ham fans blame the club’s owners Sullivan and David Gold who handed Husillos and Pellegrini a paltry £25million net spend in the summer.

As the old saying goes ‘you get what you pay for’ and supporters feel Husillos has been working with his hands tied behind his back given the lack of transfer funds.

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