Poll: the managerial shortlist

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Slaven Bilic
214
29%
Gerard Houllier
32
4%
Gianfranco Zola
13
1%
Roberto Donadoni
16
2%
Roberto Mancini
381
51%
None of the above
80
10%
 
Total votes : 736

Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby best tever on Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:16 pm

davids cross wrote:Have seen this quote on a few sites tonight this one is from Sporting Life site...

A top-level club source said: "Zola not only has impressive credentials but also came across incredibly well in our talks."

Money for Bilic on the betting exchanges tonight.

Honestly southgate is going to be the manager IMHO so put your money on him
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby irons.till.i.die on Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:34 pm

anyone know what good ol' Bonzo up to would be nice to see his face around the place again. :crest:
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby Scaloni Is The Messiah on Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:51 pm

Speaking of betting, I was well pissed off this morning. NatWest botched up my attempt to sign up for SkyBet to have £2 each on Keen and Nani at 66/1 and they're now both way down to 30/1 or so.

I still think all these high-profile talks are a smokescreen for an internal appointment.
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby Samo on Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:54 pm

or someone completely *****
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby AlfieG on Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:25 am

From the Beeb today.

Former Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola and ex-Italy coach Roberto Donadoni have emerged as the front-runners to replace Alan Curbishley as West Ham boss.

Zola, 42, and compatriot Donadoni have both been interviewed for the job, the Press Association reports.

Croatia manager Slaven Bilic has said he may not be available immediately, while Dane Michael Laudrup is still considered an outside contender.

Curbishley resigned on Wednesday, unhappy at the club's transfer policy.

West Ham already have an Italian influence after Gianluca Nani was appointed as technical director in March.

Italy Under-21 coach Zola is reported to have met club officials in Rome as they talk to candidates ahead of a board meeting early next week.

"Zola not only has impressive credentials but also came across incredibly well in our talks," a source close to the club told the Press Association.

The 44-year-old Donadoni met Hammers officials in London on Friday, while Laudrup is due to hold talks on Monday.

Advisors of former Hammers defender Bilic, 39, have indicated he might not be available until January 2009 because of Croatia's World Cup qualifying campaign.

He declined to answer questions about the vacancy ahead of his side's World Cup qualifier against England on Wednesday.

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier, now technical director of France, is no longer thought to be under consideration.

The same applies to former Scotland midfielder John Collins, who was interviewed on Friday.

Zola is currently joint coach of the Italian under-21 side and assisted another ex-Stamford Bridge player, Pierluigi Casiraghi, with their national squad at the Olympic Games.

Donadoni guided Italy to the Euro 2008 quarter-finals but lost his job after the tournament as the Italian Football Federation re-appointed Marcello Lippi.

Donadoni, who has coached Serie A sides Livorno and Genoa, speaks English after spending two seasons playing in the MLS.

Former Danish striker Laudrup, 44, has been linked with several jobs in Europe since he resigned as manager of Spanish club Getafe CF.
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby OFT on Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:27 am

Voted Mancini..but only in the abscence of the Howard Wilkinson/'Harry' Bassett dream ticket :shock:
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby irons scally on Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:38 am

Sunday Times -
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/ ... 692169.ece

Slaven Bilic in West Ham talks

Wayne Veysey


WEST HAM have made provision to interview Slaven Bilic in Zagreb for their vacant manager’s position before Croatia’s crucial World Cup qualifier against England on Wednesday. It is understood chief executive Scott Duxbury and technical director Gianluca Nani have been in discussion with Bilic’s camp to meet the Croatia manager in the next 48 hours.

Bilic is the last of seven candidates to be interviewed by West Ham before they whittle down the shortlist to the two or three managers who will meet the six-man board later this week.

The club have made it clear to Bilic that owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson hopes to have a new manager in place ahead of Saturday’s away game at West Brom, with the incumbent ready to take charge of his first game at home to Newcastle seven days later.

Roberto Donadoni and John Collins were interviewed on Friday, followed by Gianfranco Zola yesterday, while face-to-face soundings with Gerard Houllier, Roberto Mancini and Michael Laudrup will be completed tomorrow. Although Bilic has distanced himself from the post since Alan Curbishley resigned on Tuesday, sources close to the former West Ham defender say he would “jump at the chance” to return. He is sympathetic to the club’s timetable and has agreed in principle to meet West Ham before Wednesday’s game.

In fact Bilic, inset, did approach the West Ham board last month through an intermediary to tell them he was interested in becoming their next manager. He is held in high regard by West Ham fans and would be popular given his success in moulding a new generation of Croatia players into a resilient, attractive unit.

Bilic and Donadoni, the former Italy coach understood to have been “very impressive” during his interview, have emerged as the leading contenders, but Mancini, the former Inter Milan manager who was sacked in May despite guiding the Italian club to its third consecutive Serie A title, also has strong support.

Curbishley stepped down after complaining that transfer decisions were made without his knowledge.

He wanted to offload Bobby Zamora, Danny Gabbidon, Calum Davenport and Jamie Collins in the summer but only Zamora was sold while Anton Ferdinand, George McCartney, Richard Wright and John Pantsil were let go above his head.
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby davids cross on Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:57 am

http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/sport/article22380.ece

HAMMERS FLY OUT TO LAND SLAVEN BILIC


By ROB SHEPHERD, 06/09/2008
WEST HAM chief executive Scott Duxbury is set to fly to Croatia today in a bid to land Slaven Bilic as the club’s new manager.

Bilic remains the overwhelming first choice of the club’s board to succeed Alan Curbishley, who resigned last week.

The Hammers hope they can seal the deal after Croatia’s World Cup qualifier against England on Wednesday.

Bilic has chosen his words carefully over the last few days when and despite interpretations to the contrary, has not ruled himself out of the job.

Despite his strong emotional bond with the Croatia national side, the Hammers hope he will not be able to resist a salary approaching £2million.

The club will also make assurances over the precise role of technical director Ginaluca Nani.
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And while West Ham have been on a cost-cutting exercise in the summer, they will point out that the squad cost more than £100 million to assemble.

I understand the Hammers are confident of getting their man but if Bilic says no, former Italy boss Roberto Donadoni, who has already spoken to the club, is the next in line.

Ex-Hibernian boss John Collins and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola have both impressed during interviews. Former Danish international Martin Olsen has also been considerd.

Bilic signed a new two-year deal with Croatia ahead of Euro 2008 but did insert a get-out clause.

However, it is believed that even if he wanted to go, the clause means he would have to stay at Croatia until January.
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The Hammers will not wait that long and it is doubtful whether they would agree to him doing both jobs until then.

But they hope that discussions with Bilic and the Croatia FA will resolve matters.

Bilic, a player at West Ham for a year in the mid-1990s, understands the the expectation and culture at Upton Park.

The board feel he has the passion and vision to get the best out of the squad and bring through highly rated youngsters such as Freddie Sears and James Tomkins.

As a player, he was a big influence on graduates of West Ham’s Academy, such as Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard, and helped them make their mark.
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby AlfieG on Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:12 am

davids cross wrote:http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/sport/article22380.ece" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Bilic, a player at West Ham for a year in the mid-1990s, understands the the expectation and culture at Upton Park.

The board feel he has the passion and vision to get the best out of the squad and bring through highly rated youngsters such as Freddie Sears and James Tomkins.

As a player, he was a big influence on graduates of West Ham’s Academy, such as Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard, and helped them make their mark.


Perhaps he can get our board to show a bit of passion and 'understand the culture at upton park'. :think: :think:
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby leeboy on Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:35 am

does anyone know if pdc is gonna be interviewed
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby ageing hammer on Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:56 am

I have an idea, why doesn't BG hire Simon Cowell and let the fans audition to be the next West Ham manager. He could get a fortune charging for the TV rights and would have plenty cash for new signings. I can see it now on the advert

" Have you got the ESSEX factor" :raver: :D
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby Northern Paulo on Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:35 am

ageing hammer wrote:I have an idea, why doesn't BG hire Simon Cowell and let the fans audition to be the next West Ham manager. He could get a fortune charging for the TV rights and would have plenty cash for new signings. I can see it now on the advert

" Have you got the ESSEX factor" :raver: :D

:lol:
Trouble is that considering how much BG appears to know about football and running a football club, we'll end up with 'Middlesbrough manager Gareth Gates.'

Personally, I wouldn't mind Donadoni. Always considered him the best Mutant Ninja Turtle.
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby davids cross on Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:42 am

Dave Kidd
7 September 2008
Hammers prepare to pay the Bil in instalments

EXCLUSIVE Who's heading the list at the Boleyn? SLAV WILL START PART-TIME
Dave Kidd

Slaven Bilic is expected to be named West Ham boss this week - and could initially take the job on a part-time basis.

The Croatia coach has indicated he does want to manage the Hammers but has floated the idea of also continuing in his current position until the 2010 World Cup.

The Hammers board want to speak to Bilic BEFORE Croatia's World Cup qualifier with England in Zagreb on Wednesday - but he is totally hostile to talks until after the game.

They will also interview Danish legend Michael Laudrup for the job tomorrow.

West Ham would be willing to allow Bilic to remain in charge of Croatia for next month's qualifiers against Ukraine and Andorra.

But they are unlikely to agree to their former defender carrying on beyond that date - and insist that although Bilic is their preferred candidate, they also have other outstanding options to succeed Alan Curbishley.

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Former Italy boss Roberto Donadoni impressed the Hammers board when he was interviewed at Upton Park on Friday and Laudrup is a strong contender too.

Laudrup, a free agent, enjoyed a successful spell in charge of Spanish outfit Getafe, leading the small club into Europe, and was close to becoming Blackburn boss before Paul Ince's appointment.

Yet Bilic, who turns 40 on Thursday, is in pole position and the job will be his as long as West Ham can persuade him to perform a U-turn on his public claim that he will stay with Croatia until the World Cup finals.

Bilic, a chain smoking rock guitarist who has a law degree, will not publicly confirm his interest in the West Ham job.

The East End club hope to name their manager before next Saturday's visit to West Brom and want him to take charge for the home match with Newcastle on September 20.

The Hammers are confident that all of the men on their shortlist will be able to work alongside sporting director Gianluca Nani, despite Curbishley's claim that he interfered with transfer policy.

Chelsea hero Gianfranco Zola is also expected to be interviewed by West Ham this week, although the Italy Under-21 assistant boss is the least experienced of all the candidates on the shortlist.

Former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini now seems unlikely to be interviewed, as he still has to settle a compensation package with the Italian club he guided to three league titles.

John Collins, the former Hibernian boss, was interviewed after Donadoni on Friday, but ex-Liverpool chief Gerard Houllier and Denmark boss Morten Olsen are now out of the running.

Fans' favourite Paolo Di Canio has not been seriously considered by West Ham because of his lack of experience.
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby trumpet.org.uk on Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:14 am

LAUDRUP in! A perfect match for West Ham :raver: :raver:
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby I am law on Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:23 am

So today's Sunday Times seems to have both Houllier and Laudrup still in the running and the 2nd of Dave Cross' articles states the opposite.

I've got the distinct feeling that nobody knows who's still a possibility. I'd say that Bilic must be showing a least some interest, otherwise he'd surely have told them to not bother to go out to Zagreb this week.

Laudrup has coached Brondby - with reasonable record - and Getafe and left the Spanish club after a single season. He was interviewed for Panathinaikos... This from wiki, that evergreen source of reliability...

Since he announced his departure from Getafe he has been linked with jobs at Valencia CF, SL Benfica, Chelsea F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C. and Panathinaikos FC. He almost got the job at Panathinaikos, but according to Danish media he wanted an option to allow him to leave, if he got an offer from a Spanish club. This could not be accepted by the Greeks, who chose Henk ten Cate instead.[14]


Shortlist of Bilic, Donadoni and maybe Houllier?

Look at things this way, perhaps, if we're looking to obtain a manager to preserve the fabled 'West Ham way'. Who is more likely to be default 4-5-1?
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby chickenron on Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:48 am

Slaven Bilic
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby bumpkinhammer on Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:02 am

Laudrup price is dropping all the time. :wink:
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby bumpkinhammer on Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:57 am

Should this be renamed the managerial short, shortlist.
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby woodford on Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:37 am

Montana wrote:Whats this about Mancini dropping out of the running? Only really want him or Bilic. Apparently Zola's interview went well today... would definately be the ''yes man'' the board would want :x




Purely out of interest how do you know this. Zola is a 'yes man', based on what????

Not having a dig, just wondered.

This forum is fantastic, all the close friends of our managerial candidates, whom bizarrely (sp ) live in the south east of england, post on here with an insight as to the personality of the people in question. Add to this the number of people who have access to the highly confidential workings of the finance of the club and apprarent prior knowledge of the outcome of the arbitration, and it really is the place for all things West ham :lol:
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Re: Poll: the managerial shortlist

Postby D&G on Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:52 am

Mancini is the man for me but his name wasn't mentioned once today :? It would appear that Donadoni and Bilic seem to be the men in the running and even though I love Bilic's character and enthusiasm he doesn't have club experience and he doesn't have a wealth of talent at his exposal like the Croatian team has.

Donadoni doesn't seem to have a great track record at all but has the club experience and maybe has something to prove. Going to be interesting...
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