Imagine Jurgen Klopp taking over at West Ham in the summer, signing Carlos Tevez, and achieving European qualification in time for the Olympic Stadium move.
The stuff dreams are made of as far as Hammers fans are concerned; in reality, though, the likelier outcome is David Moyes replacing Sam Allardyce at the helm with Emmanuel Adebayor coming in as his ‘marquee signing'.
Moyes is a good manager, Adebayor was a good striker, but are West Ham being ambitious enough?
As journalist Martin Samuel expresses in the Daily Mail, managing West Ham should be one of the most appealing projects in the European game right now, however, to suggest that they could attract Klopp may be wishful thinking.
While he has had a torrid time of it at Borussia Dortmund this campaign, with them desperately struggling in the Bundesliga and lurched at the bottom of the table after 19 games, they have since climbed up to tenth and are still fighting in the Champions League with a last-16 second-leg tie against Juventus imminently approaching.
Klopp has been managing Dortmund for seven years now and if he couldn’t be tempted by a move into the Manchester United hot-seat last summer, then it’s highly unlikely he’ll be persuaded to join West Ham a year on.
Unless they win the Champions League it’ll be a disappointing season as far as the German manager is concerned and he won’t want to leave a club he loves so dearly without a final flourish.
Also, Klopp signed a contract extension at the beginning of last term which takes him up to June 2018, you’d expect a man of his character to honour that.
In regards to the Tevez speculation, it’s unfathomable that Juventus would sell their best striker. The Argentine has scored 21 goals for the Serie A giants, including seven assists, in 32 appearances this campaign.
He is 31, but he still has a lot to give at the top level and if West Ham sign him in the summer it’ll be nothing short of a miracle.
Everyone in east London would love to see the enigmatic front man back at Upton Park next season but, unless he was to demand the move, it simply won’t happen.
While Klopp or even Rafael Benitez would be ideal for a club with West Ham’s potential, it’s likely they’ll have to look elsewhere.
In Moyes they would be choosing the safe option and one which would not produce a team needed to attract a crowd of 58,000 – which is required to fill their new stadium in 2016.
There are a few other candidates that generate more excitement and that could bring a different element to the club, as well as being attainable, such as Slaven Bilic, Marcelo Bielsa and Michael Laudrup.
Whoever it is to be they will still struggle to attract top players without European football, and Adebayor may well be the man called upon to give the team a lift ahead of the new season. Not quite as exciting as a Tevez or Javier Hernandez, but with what the Hammers already have, he could prove to be an effective supplement should Tottenham allow him to depart.
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