Wednesday 17 January 2018

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady rubbishes talk of Jurgen Klopp approach

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has hit out at "nonsense" suggestions that the club had approached Jurgen Klopp about replacing Sam Allardyce.

Premier League clubs were put on alert last week by the news that the highly-rated German will end a seven-year spell as Borussia Dortmund manager this summer.

Klopp was immediately installed as favourite to replace the under-fire Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, although they would not be the only club looking to bring him in.

Reports emanated yesterday that West Ham had seen an audacious approach rebuffed by the Dortmund coach - talk vice-chairman Brady rejected out of hand.

"It is just nonsense," she said. "Sam is the manager, we have talked to him about sitting down at the end of the season, which we will do.

"We have to see what he wants to do going forwards. That's how these things work.

"What sort of money does he want to invest in players? What positions does he want? Those are the conversation you always have, typically, at the end of the season and we make an arrangement going forwards. That's still our intention."

Few expect Allardyce to still be at the helm next season, with bookmakers making Sunderland a more likely destination than Upton Park. The 60-year-old's contract expires in the summer and Brady insists no decision has yet been made on his future.

"I think we have, as a board, always made it clear that we sit down with Sam at the end of every season," she said. "We've done that since he has joined us and we've done that when his contract has run out before.

"So nothing has changed in that respect. I think our performances - there has been one or two recent ones that haven't been great - overall have definitely improved."

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