Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to manage West Ham over concerns about the club's ownership.


The Argentine, who was in charge of Marseille at the time, was unsure as to the way in which Hammer's co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan conducted their business.

Marcelo Bielsa

Bielsa had just led Marseille to a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1 at the end of the 2014/15 season and, according to the Athletic's Phil Hay, he was on West Ham's radar.


The Hammers were looking to replace the recently departed Sam Allardyce after deciding not to renew his contract and fancied Bielsa for the hot seat. However, in spite of the Premier League club showing interest and contract negotiations stalling at Marseille, Bielsa's suspicions over Gold and Sullivan's handling of affairs proved decisive.


Bielsa chose to stick with the French side, but only lasted one game of the following season, before resigning over a conflict of interest with the club's hierarchy.


As for West Ham, they appointed Croatian Slaven Bilić who was somewhat of a cult hero on the terraces having played for the Irons. Bilić enjoyed a successful first year at the Hammers helm, guiding the club to seventh in the Premier League. The Croatian went on to manage the club for nearly two and a half years, in which he oversaw the rocky transition from Upton Park to the London Stadium.


However, the 2017/18 season started with a wretched run of results and after a 4-1 hammering at home to Liverpool, Bilić was sent packing by the owners.

Manuel Pellegrini

Fast forward two years and current Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini appears on the verge of being ousted by Gold and Sullivan. It has been reported in recent weeks that the board held crisis talks with Pellegrini after the Hammers' poor start to the season.


One win in nine has left them in 16th position, hovering just one point above the relegation zone. A shock 1-0 away win at Chelsea last week bought the 66-year-old time but after losing 2-0 at Wolves, Pellegrini's time looks to be running out.