Ray Wilkins predicts Carlo Ancelotti to take a break from the game

Upton Park

Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has suggested Carlo Ancelotti will not be a serious candidate to replace Sam Allardyce at West Ham United.

Former England midfielder and Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins cast doubt over Carlo Ancelotti becoming the next manager of West Ham United, when he appeared as a guest on talkSPORT.

Ancelotti has been linked with the top role at Upton Park, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that the Hammers are ready to spend big as they look for a top level coach to come in and replace Sam Allardyce.

However, Wilkins has suggested it’s unlikely to be the Italian as he feels his old colleague (from the pair’s Chelsea days) is ready to take a break from the game.

“He’ll be extremely upset and I think he will take a break – We talk about tough jobs in world football and I think that is the toughest. You don’t just consider the football side of things, there is an immense amount of politics, which goes on behind the scenes,” he said.

Allardyce ticks all of the boxes that West Ham will be looking for in a new manager, but it seems to focus will have to stay elsewhere.

There are arguably more realistic candidates to come in and take the position such as Slaven Bilic who knows the club well and David Moyes, who is a very experienced manager in terms of the Premier League.

If West Ham want to make a real statement of intent then they could decide to target someone of Ancelotti’s profile, but because of his calibre and experience, it’s unlikely to be long before the Italian becomes inundated with very attractive and lucrative job offers.

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