Report: Pellegrini signs £7 million a year West Ham contract

West Ham United are set to announce former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager on Wednesday.

The 64-year-old has been coaching Chinese side Hebei Fortune since departing the Etihad in the summer of 2016, and has signed a £7-million-a-year deal to become the Hammers new boss, according to a report in the Mirror.

Pellegrini has almost 30 years of managerial experience and managed Spanish giants Real Madrid between 2009-2010. He spent three seasons in English football with Man City, winning the Premier League title in 2013/2014 and two EFL Cups.

West Ham moved to secure the Chilean coaches services over the weekend after it emerged that their first choice Rafa Benitez will not be leaving his current role as Newcastle boss.

The Hammers board are hopeful that appointing a coach of the pedigree of Pellegrini will avoid the relegation battle that the club found themselves embroiled in this season.

Interestingly, Pellegrini is also said to have been given assurances of a significant transfer budget, and that the clubs Chairman David Sullivan will stay out of negotiations for new players.

 

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