West Ham have today unveiled that ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager.
Manuel Pellegrini replaces David Moyes, who was released by the club at the end of his contract following a 13th place Premier League finish, the former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss succeeds David Moyes after leaving Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune over the weekend heading for East London. The 64-year-old Chilean flew in for talks with the Hammers hierarchy over the weekend, and a three-year deal had been agreed .
Towards the end of the season, David Moyes was offered a new deal by West Ham. But Moyes was reluctant to sign the contract, the owners ran out of patience and decided to remove the offer. Pellegrini will be joined at London Stadium by his trusted assistant Ruben Cousillas.
The former Manchester City title-winning boss could be set to become the highest-paid manager in the club’s history, it is believed that the Chilean will receive £7m a year. Pellegrini has taken a huge pay cut to return to the Premier League after it is believed he was picking up £16m a year in China.
During his time at Manchester City he won the 2013-14 league title while at City in his first season in charge, making Pellegrini the first coach from outside of Europe to win the English league title. He also won two league cup trophies before leaving after spending three-years at the Etihad, and is well-remembered by their fans.
Manuel Pellegrini made his name in Europe in 2006 after taking Spanish side Villarreal to a second place finish in La Liga, followed by Champions League semi-final appearance. He then went on to manage Real Madrid, after one season again finishing second to Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. After Real Madrid he had a three-year stay at Malaga between 2010–2013, he took them to the Champions League quarter-finals before replacing Roberto Mancini in the summer of 2013 at City.
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West Ham Joint-Chairman David Sullivan said: “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.”
David Moyes’s assistant coaches have all decided to leave the London Stadium allowing the new manager a clean slate.