Swift movement shown by the West Ham board as Manuel Pellegrini leaves with immediate effect and news that David Moyes will resign shortly.
It’s all but confirmed by the East London club. Not even 24 hours after the announcement from the London club and already a Manuel Pellegrini replacement has been rumoured in the shape of David Moyes.
West Ham announced
West Ham United can confirm that Manuel Pellegrini has left the Club with immediate effect.
Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold, along with the Board and everyone at West Ham United, would like to place on record their thanks to Manuel for his service over the past 18 months.
It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision. Manuel is a gentleman and it has been a real pleasure to work with someone of his calibre.
However, it has become clear that a change is required to get the Club back on track in line with our ambitions this season. We felt it was necessary to act now in order to give the new manager as much time as possible to try and achieve that goal. (via: whufc.com)
Leading to the Manuel sacking
During the first few match weeks of the campaign, this West Ham squad were enduring one of their best starts to an EPL term. They were sitting well inside of the top six and were looking stronger than their counterparts who were after the same European spots.
Move on to Matchday 20 and the Hammers are now in 17th place in the standings, one point above relegation. The Hammers along with now ex-manager Pellegrini endured a 2-1 home loss to third-place Leicester City in their most recent fixture.
This was the Hammers 10th loss for the season, as well as their seventh loss in their last 10 EPL outings. In their last five encounters alone they’ve managed to lose four and only win one. During this period is where the calling card started to get pulled by the owners of the club, and Pellegrini’s Premier League days were over more than what they were being counted.
Judging by all the managers to lose their post at their respective clubs prior to his departure, the club waited till long before pulling the plug on the once Premier League winner.
David Moyes to West Ham
As said previously, it’s all but confirmed. David Moyes was the first name and the only name mentioned with the vacant West Ham job. The club is hoping to make an official announcement before their next Matchday 21 encounter, where they entertain Bournemouth at the Olympic Stadium.
They are in the driver’s seat and the timing was right to get rid of the Chilean. Sitting above the relegation zone is better than acquiring a manager while in one of the last three spots.