Real Madrid line up West Ham target for manager role, but could the Hammers get Carlo Ancelotti?

Rafa Benitez is said to be in the running for the Real Madrid job - but should West Ham go for the big one with Carlo Ancelotti?

There is still much anticipation over the future of West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce. The former Bolton boss has never been popular around Upton Park and his current deal expires this summer. It is widely believed he will be on his way out of the club come the end of the season.

The man West Ham reportedly wanted to replace him was Rafa Benitez. However, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, Benitez is being lined up for the Real Madrid job this summer.

Well ambitious West Ham fans might then ask, what happens to Carlo Ancelotti?

Of course he would never even consider a move to West Ham, would he? He has managed AC Milan, Paris Saint-German and Real Madrid. In terms of honours he has three Champions League medals to his name, the Premier League title and Serie A glory - to name a few.

West Ham would be beneath him.

However, in 2011, shortly before receiving the sack from Chelsea, he had this to say - as reported by the Daily Mail:

"I would coach West Ham - why not? It's a challenge to manage a team in the Championship.

"The atmosphere at West Ham is amazing. It doesn't matter if you manage a top team or a smaller team.

"When you manage, you don't think about the money. It has never been a motivation for me."

That was in 2011, when West Ham finished bottom of the Premier League and were relegated to the Championship.

Now, four years down the line, they have assembled a fairly strong squad and have a massive move coming up to the London Olympic Stadium. Not to mention the fact Ancelotti thoroughly enjoyed his time in London at Chelsea and has a Londoner in Paul Clement as his regular number two.

West Ham is a club on the up, so why not go for Ancelotti if Real Madrid give him the boot this month.

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