West Ham have held preliminary discussions with Marcelo Bielsa about becoming their new manager. West Ham are expanding their search for a new boss as the board are divided over making a formal move for Marcelo Bielsa. The Hammers have lined up the former Athletic Bilbao boss as one of the primary candidates to replace Sam Allardyce, but the Argentinian could stay with Ligue 1 side, Marseille. The Hammers announced that that had parted company with ‘Big Sam’ shortly after their final game of the season – in which they lost at Newcastle – ending a period of speculation surrounding the ex-Bolton chief’s position at Upton Park.
Marseille boss Bielsa emerged as a strong candidate to replace Sam Allardyce because of his exciting brand of football and ability to develop emerging talent. While the east London club announced that Sam Allardyce would not be signing a new contract to remain at Upton Park last Sunday, just moments after they had completed their final match of the season against Newcastle.
The Argentine is expected to reject an approach from the Hammers this summer, in order to put right the disappointing end to this campaign. Bielsa is expected to keep his job at the French club, despite laboring to a disappointing fourth-place finish in the league after initially targeting a top three position.Bielsa, 59, is now being offered a new deal in France but West Ham owners will not be rushed into their next appointment. The coach’s contract expires at the end of next season, but he could still be offered a one-year contract extension if clubs continue to show interest
Talks were understood to have been positive with the West Ham board enthused by the 59-year-old’s philosophy, although several members of the club’s hierarchy harbour concerns over the Marseille manager’s lack of English.
West Ham are searching for a new manager after Sam Allardyce and the club decided to part company after four years at the helm at Upton Park. Former Italy coach CesarePrandelli is the latest name to catch their eye, despite an unsuccessful career at Galatasaray earlier this season. They have also shown interest in Ajax coach Frank De Boer but it is understood the Dutchman has no interest in the job.
Allardyce has been linked with the manager’s job at Sunderland, but recently has indicated that he is not interested in the position, as it would be too quick of a return to the game.