Alvin Martin explains why he's wary of West Ham approaching Rafa Benitez

West Ham United legend Alvin Martin has suggested Rafa Benitez may not have the best intentions if he manages the club.

West Ham United legend Alvin Martin told talkSPORT why he’d be wary if the club moved to appoint Rafa Benitez as the man to come in and replace Sam Allardyce.

The Daily Telegraph reported last month that the former Liverpool boss was in the running for the job at Upton Park, but Martin feels he may not have the best intentions of the club at heart.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Rafa Benitez because you’ve got to have, but would he be using West Ham to get himself another job? I don’t know. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case,” said Martin.

Martin’s assessment seems to be based on Benitez’s CV with the Spaniard having coached at Valencia and Napoli, as well as Liverpool in his past.

He would be a superb appointment if the club could pull it off because he’s a great tactician and would have big pulling power in terms of the sort of players the Hammers could attract.

He is the sort of manager who would be able to attract plenty of top sides and also someone who would fit in well with what West Ham’s owners would likely want to achieve over the next couple of years.

The aim next season will be to get into Europe, where Benitez has experience, before the move to the Olympic Stadium, which would increase the exposure and attention of the club, again where Benitez has experience.

It would be a huge commitment from the Hammers to make, but one which they have to think long and hard about before making.

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