Stan Collymore suggests former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez would suit West Ham United

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Former Liverpool star Stan Collymore backs former Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez to be good manager for West Ham United.

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has written in Bleacher Report that West Ham United should appoint Rafael Benitez as their manager in the summer.

Sam Allardyce is the current manager of West Ham, but his contract with the London outfit runs out at the end of the season and there is no new deal in place.

Contract talks between Allardyce and the Premier League club will start in the summer, but Collymore suggests that the Hammers would be wise to appoint Benitez as their boss.

While suggesting that Liverpool owner John W. Henry could make a move for the Spaniard, Collymore wrote in the Bleacher Report: “Similarly, I wouldn't be shocked if West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold aren't considering Benitez a year away from the move to the Olympic Stadium. Benitez is a proven coach and winner, and proven to take a club on.”

Benitez is currently in charge of Italian club Napoli, and it remains to be seen if he can be convinced to leave the Serie A outfit and return to the Premier League.

The former Liverpool manager has rejected a three-year contract extension offer, according to Sky Sports, which means that he will be a ‘free agent’ in the summer when his current deal runs out.

Benitez has been in charge of Napoli since the start of the 2013-14 season, but he has failed in his primary objective to make the team competitive for the Scudetto.

West ham are an ambitious club and are looking to feature regularly in Europe in the coming years, and Benitez does suit them.

The 54-year-old has been successful with Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League, and if he is backed in the transfer window and allowed to build his own team, then he could make the Hammers one of the top clubs in English football.

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