Turkish talks show West Ham & Newcastle have missed a huge opportunity

West Ham and Newcastle could once again be punished for a lack of ambition next season.

When Jurgen Klopp announced he was leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, the footballing world took note.

There was talk, none of it acted upon so far it seems, of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. The likes of West Ham United and Newcastle United were laughed off.

But, two days ago, Klopp was reported by the Daily Mail (among others) to be in talks with Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce over the manager's role.

Quite a departure from the big names suggested previously - and something which, it's safe to say, shocked many.

Fenerbahce are currently second in the Turkish league, meaning there is the possibility of European and Champions League football next season.

Other than that, though, what exactly is it Fenerbahce offer that the likes of West Ham or Newcastle don't? Financially, Sam Allardyce is one of the best paid managers in the world.

The choice for Klopp is a few Champions League games (perhaps) or a whole season in the Premier League. After working on these shores with Manchester City, Roberto Mancini couldn't last more than a few months in Turkey and it was said he grew bored with football in the Super Lig.

So would Klopp really turn down the Premier League for Fenerbahce - or have those who need a new manager next term simply not tried hard enough, if at all?

Considering the fact West Ham could be in the Europa League next season, will be in the Olympic Stadium the season after and have owners promising 'at least' five summer signings, what is it about the Hammers Klopp would immediately turn down in favour of a move to Turkey?

Newcastle, too, will need a new coach next campaign. Granted, they are in a weaker position with their Premier League status as of yet uncertain, while owner Mike Ashley is not one to spend big money or attract big names - his track record has shown that. But why not throw the Magpies' hat into the ring?

If Klopp is announced as Fenerbahce boss, those who thought they were too small to hire a manager who was linked with some of the world's best sides might feel a bit silly. West Ham and Newcastle will surely be just two of those.

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