I see Steve McClaren, the bookies early contender for the West Ham managers job has already ruled himself out of the running.
It doesn’t say much for the Hammers, when a man who is aware that he won’t have the pick of the bunch when it comes to getting employment and who has already stated he is looking to get back into management, says he isn’t interested in managing your club within 24 hours of a vacancy becoming available.
Personally when I heard he was favourite earlier today I couldn’t help but think this was a bad fit for both parties. McClaren has a reputation to rebuild in England and going to a club that looks in freefall wouldn’t be a wise move for him.
I also believe that McClaren wouldn’t have had the backing of the fans, all you need to do is look at Liverpool and Newcastle to see what happens when you don’t have the fans onside.
Gold and Sullivan need to tred carefully here, there is no point in appointing a manager who will further turn the fans against the board. They need to look for someone with a West Ham connection who is willing to invest in youth, they need to go on a charm offensive.
Another wrong move here that splits the club further could be catastrophic.
Chris Hughton is the new favourite at 2/1 with