Filed: Monday, 16th May 2011
By: Staff Writer
Sources close to Steve McClaren have insisted that the former England manager has not even spoken to West Ham United.
A flurry of speculation this morning suggested that McClaren was set to be named as the successor to Avram Grant, who was unceremoniously dumped following yesterday's disastrous 3-2 defeat at Wigan.
Not so, according to the unnamed source - who told Sky Sports: "There is no truth in Steve talking with West Ham at all. All this has caught him totally by surprise, and there has been no contact whatsoever.
"He does not know where these reports have come from and he can categorically deny having any contact with anyone at West Ham or anyone connected with West Ham."
McClaren, who was linked with a move to West Ham back in 2001 before Glenn Roeder took the job has been out of work since being fired by Wolfsburg in February - just nine months after landing the job.
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by Paul F
04:34PM 16th May 2011
''Why not Di Canio? How about turning the question around: why Di Canio?
Perhaps you can respond with a few reasons why you think it would work. Here's a few reasons it won't/shouldn't:
1. He is a fascist. This isn't an opinion, its a fact. He gave fascist salutes at Lazio (many times, not one-offs). Simply unacceptable in a city like London.
2. He has no experience of football management. None.
3. He shows few qualities that would suggest he is a natural manager. While a good player, his defining feature as a player was as a showman, not a team player or a leader on the field. Which showmen have ever made it as managers?
4. This 'he loves the club' stuff doesn't wash. He played for the club, yes, but it's a big difference from him having any real affinity to it. He is a passionate bloke for sure, but he showed that passion wherever he was. Don't kid yourself that he had any more feeling for West Ham than he did/does for Milan, Sheff Weds etc. There is only one club he loves, and that is Lazio (there are about a million quotes from him to this effect).
4. He's been out of English football for an eternity. Which players from the Championship or League One do you think he knows and would bring in? Because thats where West Ham will be shopping for next season.''
12:45PM 16th May 2011
''No, no, no. If they sign McClaren I certainly would need to be won over bigtime before parting with any of my hard earned cash to watch them play.
Forget the West Ham tradition/way as that's proved to be all about losing season in season out. We need a manager that players respect but also fear. In that respect only two real candidates stand out - Martin O'Neil and Sam Allardyce.''
by bob a west ham fan from ilford
12:30PM 16th May 2011
''Martin O'Neill would be a first choice for many clubs but I think it's got to be a manager with a West Ham history. Why not Paolo Di Canio, he loves the club and they could give him a year contract with a view to extend should things work out.
Martin Allen has a good track record, he's done well everywhere he's been in management. He's a great motivator and would love the job. Maybe Kevin Keen would be the right man with good back room staff.
its got to happen soon though so we can rebuild for next season. McClaren is a definite no-no, the wally with the brolly has no personality and would lose the dressing room in an instant. Ask yourself this question, would you like to work for Steve McClaren? ''
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