Upton Park mess continues to be left unresolved.
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Martin O’Neill has ruled himself out of the running to become West Ham’s new manager, BBC Sport understands.
The former Aston Villa and Celtic boss looked set to replace Avram Grant at Upton Park this week.
But BBC Radio 5 live’s Pat Murphy said: “The way I read it is that it has all been too hurried for him.
“Martin O’Neill has never been the sort of manager to rush into decisions. He’s always had a measured attitude towards his next move. He’s very rational.”
It has also been suggested that the Northern Irishman, 58, was angered by the way in which news of his likely arrival at the club was leaked to the media on Saturday ahead of West Ham’s match against Arsenal.
Reports stated that the home game against the Gunners would be Grant’s last fixture in charge, and he seemed to be saying his goodbyes on the pitch after the 3-0 defeat.
The 55-year-old Israeli applauded fans and threw his claret and blue scarf into the crowd before heading down the tunnel.
But Murphy said: “Martin O’Neill has always micro managed the various stages of his long managerial career and it seems West Ham’s key executives were premature in assuming they had landed him.
“O’Neill may be available and very keen to return to management, and as a traditionalist he respects West Ham and their supporters, but any new manager would struggle to revive a West Ham team that has won just four league matches with the January transfer window due to close in just a fortnight.
“The West Ham board have appeared too desperate to appoint a marquee name like O’Neill with a decision imminent on whether they can move to the Olympic Stadium. (BBC Sport)
From start to finish those in the position to dictate what happens to current boss Avram Grant and are therefore looking for a new manager have conducted their business in a most amateurish manner. They have left the Upton Park side dangling in the wind, forever swinging in the media speculation breeze. At all points along the road Messrs David Sullivan, David Gold and Karen Brady could have attempted to exercise some control over the mess that is occurring but have steadfastly refused to do so.
Now that Martin O’Neill, the man everyone in the worlds knows they wanted to replace Israeli Grant, has ruled himself out of the running the East London club now has to rethink it’s strategy once again. The likes of Chris Hughton and Sam Allardyce will now be heading their short-list, only the Hammers board hasn’t fired the current incumbent yet, and they have also failed to back him, which shows an incredible amount of stupidity that leaves the club susceptible to a drop in morale and leaves players wondering what the hell is going on.
In other words, those who have the power to make decisions about West Ham Football Club don’t have a foggiest.
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