No decision from Fonseca

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 17th May 2018

Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca is yet to determine his future, despite reports suggesting that he has agreed to sign a new contract with the Ukrainian club.

The 45-year-old Portuguese manager met West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan on Monday to discuss a potential move to West Ham, since when it has been reported that he is set to turn his back on West Ham and sign an extended contract with his current club.

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However those reports are thought to be wide of the mark, with Fonseca instead set to announce his intentions within the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile representatives of Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini have also met West Ham's co-owner, with reports suggesting that the 64-year-old is demanding a salary worth in the region of ?8million per year.

And that's in addition to the compensation West Ham would have to pay Pellegrini's current club Hebei China Fortune, to whom he is contracted until summer 2019.

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The third leading candidate for the role, Rafa Benitez, remains in contract negotiations with current club Newcastle United; the 64-year-old former Real and Liverpool boss has little more than a year to run on his current agreement with the North East club.

However in order to land the Spaniard - or either Fonseca or Pellegrini - Sullivan would have to break his policy of refusing to pay compensation for a manager already employed elsewhere.

Avram Grant, Sam Allardyce, Slaven Bilic and David Moyes - his four signings since purchasing a controlling share in West Ham - were all free agents when joining the Hammers.

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With that in mind, Claudio Ranieri's decision to leave Ligue 1 outfit Nantes by mutual agreement this morning - after just a single season in charge at La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau - will no doubt raise a few eyebrows across the water.

Ranieri, who led Leicester to the Premier League title two seasons ago may well be viewed as the perfect solution to West Ham's current needs, given his record of making the most of clubs with limited budgets.

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