It was worth a shot, but it seems West Ham won’t be welcoming outgoing Borussia Dortmund gaffer Jurgen Klopp to east London this summer as their new manager.
40/1 shot Klopp’s name has been mentioned with regard to the soon-to-be-vacant hotseat at the Boleyn Ground for a few weeks now, with Irons fan and Daily Mail hack Martin Samuel clearly praying for such an eventuality in his right-wing rag just over a month ago.
To be fair to the burly ‘Sportswriter Of The Year’ (according to his MailOnline profile at least), West Ham’s impending move to the Olympic Stadium, which is set for the season after next, will make them an interesting proposition for Europe’s top managers.
Taking over a Premier League team moving to a 54,000-seater stadium in one of the world’s greatest cities should appeal to plenty of up-and-coming coaches, but with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool also reportedly eyeing up Klopp, landing the 47-year-old was always going to be a big ask.
Unfortunately for West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold, they don’t seem to be having an awful lot of success with potential alternatives to Klopp, by all accounts.
David Moyes, 3/1 joint second-favourite for the role alongside former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, has reportedly indicated he wishes to stay in Spain having led Real Sociedad to 12th in La Liga, ten points above the relegation zone, since taking over a struggling side in November.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea gaffer may be a huge fan of the Premier League, but with his side still in the hunt for one of Serie A’s three Champions League spots, the timing may not be right for Benitez’s London return.
Apart from the aforementioned quartet, the cupboard looks pretty bare for West Ham this summer, with apparent no hopers such as Poyet, Harry Redknapp (9/2) and Teddy Sheringham (10/1) prominent in the betting but unlikely to set pulses racing.
One manager among the favourites who hits all the expected criteria to be next West Ham boss is Besiktas’ Slaven Bilic, currently a top-price 4/1 shot with bwin.
A former Irons centre-half and Boleyn Ground favourite, Bilic launched the international careers of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic during his creditable six year-spell in charge of Croatia, which suggests he knows a thing or two about pleasing-on-the-eye, attack-minded football.
The fact that Bilic could finish his debut season at Besiktas with a Turkish Lig title, the club’s first for five years, should also come into the Davids’ thinking when they finally put poor old Sam Allardyce out of his misery.