West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has backed the decision to name the East Stand of the London Stadium after club legend, Billy Bonds.
72-year-old Bonds is West Ham’s all-time leading appearance maker, having played for East London outfit 663 times, and the former Hammers captain also managed the club between 1990-94.
Speaking ahead of his sides Premier League clash away to Crystal Palace this weekend, Chilean coach Pellegrini stated that he feels Bonds is fully deserving of such an honour.
“Players like him, Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking need to be remembered forever, so I am very pleased for him to have the stand named after him,” Pellegrini said in his pre-match press conference.
“He had a great career and made more appearances than anybody here at this club, so he deserves it.”
We are delighted to confirm that legendary captain Billy Bonds is to be permanently honoured at London Stadium with a stand in his name. pic.twitter.com/YJraJyeroa
— West Ham United (@WestHam) February 6, 2019