Hello there, welcome to Wednesday. I was up a bit late this morning so this will be a quick one.
West Ham announced yesterday that Manuel Pellegrini has taken over as the club’s new manager. It’s a very ambitious move from the Irons, and it’s one that really could take them in the right direction. He is going to have a huge job on his hands, but he has shown throughout his career that he knows how to be successful. It’ll be interesting to see how much the West Ham board back him in the transfer market, because this is a side that desperately needs reinforcements.
The Chilean told West Ham’s official website: “I’m very happy because I return to a league that, for me, and I always say the same thing, is the best league in the world, and especially because I come here to West Ham because every time I spoke with the owner Mister Sullivan, I always had the feeling that he wants me.
“I think that West Ham had a difficult season last season and I hope that next season we are going to play football that will delight the fans. I always play attacking football and we must try to reach important targets in the season.
“Every time you have a meeting you have feelings about whether it was a good meeting or a bad meeting and I had the meeting with him, just talking about football and talking about West Ham. We agreed on a lot of things he wants for this Club in the way I think a football club must be managed, so we have a lot of common ideas.
“That’s why I just said that I always feel that he wants me as a manager, because we agreed on a lot of things he wants for this Club in the way I think a football must be managed, so we have a lot of common ideas. I hope now we can do it in the performance of the team.”
I thought West Ham would have held onto David Moyes, who did a good job there, in my opinion, but I can see why they didn’t now. They wanted to make a step up and be more ambitious, and that is exactly what they’ve done. I think it’s a big move from them, but they really need to back him because it’s not guaranteed to work out.
They have shown some promise in seasons gone by, but for one reason or another, it hasn’t worked out for them. They’ll want to really push on and go to the next level now. Pellegrini can certainly help them do that, but I’m not sure he’ll achieve it with West Ham’s current squad. They need to bring in a few players, and it has been said that he wants to bring in as many as five new players. I have no idea how much money the board will make available for transfers, but they’re going to have to push the boat out now.
When they left the Boleyn Ground they were supposed to really kick on because of the money the London Stadium would generate. That hasn’t been the case so far, and they have struggled since leaving. This is most definitely a step in the right direction though, so we’ll see if it pays off.
Unai Emery’s official website seemed to slip up yesterday, and posted a photo of the Spaniard beside an Arsenal badge.
— PremPlace (@PremPlace) May 22, 2018
I’m not sure if it was a slip up by his people, or whether it was done deliberately, but if there was any doubt over whether he would take over Arsenal (there wasn’t) that’s definitely cleared up now. I gave my opinions on him in yesterday’s blog. It seems to be only a matter of time until he’s announced now.
That’s it for now anyway, sorry it’s a short one. Have a good day, and drop back in tomorrow.