West Ham would be making a mistake if they hire Rafa Benitez to replace under-fire manager Manuel Pellegrini, according to Jason Cundy.
Pellegrini is at risk of losing his job, according to reports, with West Ham rapidly falling down the table despite starting the season rather superbly.
A defeat at home to Tottenham on Saturday – in a match which is LIVE on talkSPORT – could leave the east Londoners only two points clear of the bottom three come the end of the weekend, and Pellegrini may struggle to survive much longer.
Given the doubts over his future in east London, Hammers chiefs are reportedly already on the lookout for a new head coach – with Rafa Benitez a prime target.
The Mirror say Benitez, the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle manager, would listen with interest if West Ham come calling, despite the fact he’s currently earning £12million in the Chinese Super League.
But going out and getting the 59-year-old Spaniard would hardly be an inspiring appointment, ex-Chelsea defender Cundy believes.
Speaking on Monday’s Sports Bar, Cundy suggested hiring a younger and more exuberant manager – such as Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe – could revitalise West Ham from the slumber in which they currently find themselves.
“It does feel a bit like a very similar move to Pellegrini, doesn’t it?,” said Cundy about the Benitez reports. “He was out in China and West Ham called him back, and Benitez is currently out in China.
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“I like Benitez; I interviewed him many times while he was Chelsea manager and he is a good manager.
“I just feel that maybe West Ham should be looking in a different direction, like an Eddie Howe. That’s where I see West Ham, with fresher ideas.
“The squad they’ve got feels like Eddie Howe could go in there and do better.”
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