West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has labelled a newspaper report that he is becoming increasingly frustrated with his team selections being leaked as lies.
According to a report in the Times a notorious twitter account by name of @ExWHUemployee has allegedly named 60 of the last West Ham starting XI’s before they have been released publicly, with Pellegrini said to be unhappy about his clubs team news been made public before the scheduled time.
However, the Chilean coach was speaking to the press today ahead of his sides Premier League fixture away to Everton tomorrow and the 64-year-old made a point of rubbishing the report:
“First of all, it is not true – it is a lie. I am not angry about that,” he said.
“Normally in every team I manage before, the day before the game I work with set-pieces. All the players know the day before – who will play, who will not play.
“So many players can talk with other players. I am not keeping the starting XI until three or four hours before the game.
“There are a lot of reasons why some people can know the team.”
The owner of the Twitter account in question also recently appeared on TalkSPORT where he also denied that the report had any truth to it.
"I'm just good at putting together bits of information… This 'mole' stuff is ridiculous."
"What are they doing about set-pieces? That might explain why we're bottom of the league."
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 14, 2018