West Ham United have confirmed the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The appointment is a bit of a coup for last season’s Premier League strugglers, who only confirmed their survival in the last few weeks of the season, but they have shown their intent by bringing in a proven winner.
The Chilean is of course most famously known in England for winning the Premier League title with Manchester City in 2013/14, as well as winning two League Cup’s in his three year stint at the Etihad. He was ultimately allowed to leave in 2016 with the Citizens confirming the appointment of Pep Guardiola, while Pellegrini headed of to China to manage Hebei China Fortune. He has of course managed in La Liga with Malaga and a short spell at the Bernabeu in charge of Real Madrid.
Pellegrini has signed a three year deal with that Hammers, believed to be worth around a whopping £7 million-a-year, a deal which puts him on par with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and only behind Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
Speaking about the appointment, Joint-Chairman David Sullivan told the West Ham website: “I am delighted to welcome Manuel Pellegrini to West Ham United. He is one of the world’s most respected football coaches and we look forward to working with him.
“It was important that we appointed someone with knowledge and experience of the Premier League, who already has an understanding – not only of the teams and players we face – but of West Ham United and our ambitions.
“Manuel brings a reputation for attacking football and getting the best out of his players. We believe he will attract new talent to the London Stadium as well as improving the current squad.
“Above all, he is a winner, who knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level and is driven to continue that success. Manuel is the first West Ham United manager to have a Premier League title on his CV, and we believe that his experience, quality and proven record of taking teams forward quickly will ensure that he is successful here.
“We have listened to fans who asked us to be ambitious. We hope they agree it is an exciting appointment.
“Manuel will shortly announce the names of the new staff he will bring in and he will then get down to shaping the squad he wants. We all wish him the very best of luck.”
The challenge for West Ham’s owners now will be to back their new boss in the transfer market, unlike they have done with some of the previous managers.