Poll: the final four

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The new manager - get:

Poll ended at Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:16 pm

Slaven Bilic
257
50%
Roberto Donadoni
72
14%
Michael Laudrup
120
23%
Gianfranco Zola
65
12%
 
Total votes : 514

Re: Poll: the final four

Postby ageing hammer on Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:48 pm

Sloop John B wrote:
ageing hammer wrote:Is this the definite final four? What happened to Mancini has he pulled out of the race or what.


Seems so... in dispute with former club over contract...and wanting to bring lots of own back room staff seem to have killed his chances...not sure how true that is, but that's the rumours/reasons listed around these pages. :think:


Thanks for the info mate. I would think any top class manager would want to bring in his own tried and trusted back room staff wouldn't you. Let's face it the ones we have at present leave a lot to be desired. If the board use that as an excuse to not bring in the only real outstanding candidate then this 5 year plan of becoming a top club is pie in the sky. :think:
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby ToiletDuck on Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:54 pm

the more i am reading about the 'four' the more i am leaning towards Laudrup,seems to have a MUCH greater pedigree in club management compared to the other two.

still whoever gets the job will get my full support until proved useless!
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby ageing hammer on Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:56 pm

Spend a hell of a lot of money ( whilst berating others for doing so ) and achieved the result of keeping Sunderland up.

Out of interest, genuinely, what makes Keane a good manager?[/quote]

Would you like to tell him he's not? :think:[/quote]


No i thought i'd give him your PM address and tell him you thought he fights like a girl

....that or i could put your Mrs mobile number on a text to Alan Pardew when you're out of town
:D :lol:
I would love it love it if you gave Keano my PM address, I have been trying to contact him for ages to get my son a trial.

As for Pardew, well last time I told him about a highly rated player called Kevin Doyle that I had watched numerous times and that he was good enough for West Ham (then in the championship) and he could be bought for about 200K. He said thanks for the info but was probably just being polite and never followed it up. Soon after Reading snapped him up. Now he is banging in goals for Ireland and partnering Robbie Keane. If you are texting him tell I told you so.
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby DutchIron on Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:02 pm

Please no Italian(s)!!! :x We need amusement, not 6/7 defenders in the line-up!!



Bilic or Laudrup :raver:
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby Roaring Repka on Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:02 pm

Up the Junction wrote:
Roaring Repka wrote:Laudrup admits he is more likely to go to Spartak Moscow than West Ham:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sp ... 661432.ece" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

In that link he does nothing of the sort (look beyond the misleading headline). Quite the opposite, in fact.

I took the quote...

The final decision I will make in the next few days. But the chances are quite high

...as reading that as things stand right now it looks like he is going to Spartak Moscow, although if things go well today then he may have a rethink because London might be better for his family. He speaks about the ambition at Spartak for them to be the best while playing attacking football and that ambition may not be matched by our board. If they can combine that with a better pay packet for him, more transfer funds to meet their expectations and less boardroom interference, especially considering that Russian football is the flavour of the month, I can see that offer being more attractive. Which was my main reason for posting the article - misleading headline or not - because I wasn't sure if everyone was aware that he had an offer on the table from Spartak - I wasn't aware of it.

As I backed him to become our next boss at 11/1, I hope your reading is right though :D
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby davids cross on Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:04 pm

Reporting on SSNs that Laudrup will only talk to WHU if he is offered the job :?

West Ham can't agree to that obviously.
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby daniel on Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:11 pm

Looks like Zola or Donadoni it is then :|
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby Cockney Rebel on Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:24 pm

daniel wrote:Looks like Zola or Donadoni it is then :|


Certainly does, and me thinks Zola will get it...
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby steveyrockstar on Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:29 pm

davids cross wrote:Reporting on SSNs that Laudrup will only talk to WHU if he is offered the job :?

West Ham can't agree to that obviously.


eh? how's that work then?
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby davids cross on Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:31 pm

steveyrockstar wrote:
davids cross wrote:Reporting on SSNs that Laudrup will only talk to WHU if he is offered the job :?

West Ham can't agree to that obviously.


eh? how's that work then?


I've no idea but I'm gonna try it :thup: :lol:
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby steveyrockstar on Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:34 pm

Albie Beck wrote:
steveyrockstar wrote:So who are you holding out for then? Fat Sam? Stan Ternent? Brian Horton? Ffs.

I can't comprehend people who are critical of that list. All glamorous names with a high profile and standing in world football. Yes, sure they're all risks, but aren't all managers to some degree?

So that's what the criteria are? "Glamour", "high profile" and "standing in world football (but as a player not a manager)"? We are truly celebrity-obsessed, aren't we. :)

Not all managers are a risk, and not to the extent this under-qualified short-list are. But if you're going to take a risk, then imo Zola and Donadoni, for instance, are not the ones to take it on. But they are "front-runners" because, apparently, they are Italian. And won't rock the boat.


With high profile and standing in world football comes excellent contacts, knowledge of overseas market, enormous respect from fellow pros, and the ability to attract players of a high quality. Massive qualities imo.

Zola (can't speak for Donadoni as I know nothing of him as a player) was also an outstanding, very exciting player and has a good understanding of the premier league.

I think they're viable risks, personally.

What sort of risks did you have in mind then?
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby Mayhem on Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:38 pm

As long as we don't get that ex chelscum midget, I'll be happy.
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby Up the Junction on Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:46 pm

Roaring Repka wrote:The final decision I will make in the next few days. But the chances are quite high

The full quote is as follows:

“But the chances are quite high though I prefer to wait till all matters are settled."

So if what he's saying has been used in the correct context, I think we can probably assume that he is awaiting to hear from other interested parties before making a decision whether or not to move to Russia - in which case, this is a complete non-story!
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby Fionn on Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:00 pm

Roy Keane.
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby nobleforengland on Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:32 pm

Looks like Zola may get the job...GREAT :cry: Im thinking Laudrup would be the best choice from what i have read but the lure of Euro footie with Spartak would swing it in there favour i think.
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby DeadJoshWalkin on Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:33 pm

Laudrups a bit of a plank if he wont even come for an interview without a firm offer, even if he wasn't interested it would help his case with Spartac to have another potential offer on the table.




Seems like its Zola or Donadoni or wait then...and if we wait Zola will go to Newcastle.

Dona-do-knees claret and blue army it is then. (You can still get 2.7/1 on him by the way).
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby davids cross on Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:40 pm

Bilic is definately not out of the running as of now.................he is still relatively short 4.4 on the betting exchanges, he just wouldn't be that low if he was out of the running. These markets are very sophisticated with very knowledgable people.
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby Copenhagen Hammer on Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:51 pm

For the Club's best I would like Bilic as the new manager but for my own selfish reasons I will say Laudrup because Danish TV must have shown 99% of his games at Getafe! So result either way :thup:
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby afcwhufc on Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:56 pm

I think Zola be great, really hope he gets it. Probs away get slagged off for saying this and me being new :lol: but i think the football chelsea played, when Zola was up front, was good and attacking :oops: but that may be just me, but if Zola was to take that kind of football to UP I would be happy. Only think got me a little confused/worried with Zola is his current role with Italy U21s and whether he would keep that role if made manager of West Ham, personally I'd rather he threw it on and concentrated on West ham. His inexperience doesn't worry me, i think he'd be good as a manger and as said earlier would like West Ham to be the ones that take a chance with him.

Better try and fail than not try and him to be a huge sucess with somebody else
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Re: Poll: the final four

Postby FurryDice Upton Boy on Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:58 pm

i would like Mancini but as he seems to have dropped out of the running altogether would tbh prefer Donadoni over Zola - hopefully a Donadoni / Di Canio partnership might help the style of football played
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