OFFICIAL: West Ham sack coach Manuel Pellegrini following Leicester City defeat

West Ham sack coach Manuel Pellegrini following Leicester City defeat

Troubles in paradise for the former Real Madrid and Man City boss.

Now he must look for another job elsewhere.

West Ham sacked manager Manuel Pellegrini after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Leicester City left the Hammers just one point above the Premier League’s relegation zone in 17th. A run of just two wins in 14 games, including seven defeats in their last nine league matches, saw patience run out with the 66-year-old former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss.

“It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision,” West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan said in a club statement. “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.

Pellegrini has failed to provide enough of a return on a significant transfer spend over the past 18 months with over €100 million splashed on the likes of Felipe Anderson, Sebastien Haller, Pablo Fornals, Andriy Yarmolenko and Issa Diop.

West Ham overcame a difficult start to finish 10th in Pellegrini’s first campaign in charge and began this season brightly. After an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United in late September the Irons sat fifth in the table. However, that was their last win at home and they have tumbled down the table over the past three months.


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