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Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez shock contender for West Ham job

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is a surprise contender for the West Ham job if Sam Allardyce departs, reports the Daily Star.

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The Spaniard is currently in charge of Napoli, but could be tempted to return to the Premier League. He was last involved in English football when in charge of Chelsea. He won the Europa League with the Blues, to add to the Champions League that he won while at Liverpool.

With the Hammers looking likely to qualify for the Europa League through the Fair Play League, Benitez’s experience at that level could be a draw. The 55-year-old will still be up against Slaven Bilic and David Moyes for the role though, according to the Star.

However, none of this may be necessary if Sam Allardyce is offered a contract extension with the Hammers. The 60-year-old has guided the East London outfit to successive mid table finishes after getting them promoted in his first season, so it would be a brave move to get rid of him.

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