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easthammer 10:32 Mon May 14
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Manuel Pellegrini confirmed as West Ham United manager

West Ham United are delighted to confirm the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as the Club’s new First Team Manager.

The former Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga and Manchester City boss – a Premier League title winner and Champions League semi-finalist – has signed a three-year contract at London Stadium after leaving Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune.

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.

DS hurriedly covers up the bit about 'sell to buy'.

“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.”

Chilean Pellegrini returns to England just two years after leaving Manchester City, where he enjoyed the fifth highest win percentage in Premier League history during his three years in charge, and arguably helped lay the foundations for the stunning success subsequently enjoyed under Pep Guardiola, having signed the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi in 2015

In a magnificent debut campaign at the Etihad Stadium in 2013/14, Pellegrini led City to Premier League glory, becoming the first coach from outside of Europe to win the title, and also lifted the League Cup in the same season. City finished that campaign having scored 151 goals in all competitions – still an English record.

Pellegrini won another League Cup in his final season in Manchester, before making way for Guardiola in the summer of 2016. For the past two years, Pellegrini has been in charge of Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune, but recently stated his strong motivation to return to the Premier League if the right opportunity came along.

The 64-year-old’s managerial career stretches back 30 years to his early days coaching in his native Chile and then Argentina, where he managed the mighty River Plate in 2002/03, before heading to Europe a year later. In his first season in Spain with Villarreal, he led the club to Champions League qualification after finishing third in La Liga, and repeated the feat in his first full year with Malaga in 2012 – reaching the competition for the first time in their history.

Now, the Santiago-born coach’s only focus is on improving West Ham’s standing in the Premier League – a competition he labelled the ‘best in the world’.

"I am excited about this project. My mentality is always to have a winning mentality and I will hope that I can repeat here what I did with all my clubs here in Europe, where I have always arrived in European competition.

“I know that this league is very good and it’s not easy to do it, but I think that working all together with the owners, the technical staff and the fans, we have an important power and can think about reaching important targets for the season.

“I think West Ham has a very good team. I know all of the players and I saw most of the games that they played last season, so I am sure that, with the players we have in this moment in the squad, and bringing maybe another four or five players in, we are going to have a strong team.”

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Maresca to leave Sevilla for West Ham

Former midfielder Enzo Maresca will leave the Sevilla coaching staff to join Manuel Pellegrini’s coaching setup at West Ham United, say reports.

The Chilean today signed a three-year contract to replace David Moyes as Hammers boss, having left Hebei China Fortune.

According to Sky Italia, his assistant will be former midfielder Maresca, who played under Pellegrini at Malaga.

Maresca is currently on the coaching staff at Sevilla and has experience of English football having started his career with West Bromwich Albion.

Maresca’s most successful spell came during his four-season spell at Sevilla – whom he joined from Fiorentina in 2005 for €2.5m - where he won five major trophies: two UEFA Cup’s, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super and Supercopa de Espana.

He scored twice in the 2006 UEFA Cup final victory over Middlesbrough where he was made Man of the Match, donating the €10k prize money to the San Juan de Dios hospital in Seville.

Maresca then went on to spend a season in Greece before returning to Spain in January 2011, where he helped guide Malaga to fourth place, their first Champions League qualification in their history.

The midfielder then completed his career back in his homeland with spells at Sampdoria, Palermo and Hellas Verona.

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Mex Martillo 8:33 Sun Sep 30
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Doing a great job

Thames Ironworks 6:58 Sat Sep 1
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He won the EPL with the richest club in the EPL.
He has an accolade but what he has here is more of a challenge than any of his other appointments. I just think he will come good here because the club is full of rot.

Northern Sold 6:53 Sat Sep 1
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Yeah yeah but..... he's won the EPL?????

Raymond Reddington 6:53 Sat Sep 1
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Need to bin this cunt now, like palace did with de boer last season

The Hammers 6:51 Sat Sep 1
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4 games no points

Rock bottom

Mex Martillo 1:09 Sat Sep 1
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theaxeman 10:52 Thu Aug 30
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Good read this. Im confident El Pel will get us going!


eusebiovic 11:10 Wed Aug 29
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Uncle Bulgaria

Mex Martillo 6:52 Wed Aug 29
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Aiming high Jaan, top 7, I like it.

SUM A DING WONG 4:58 Wed Aug 29
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White Pony 4:17 Wed Aug 29
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"Do you think that their fans are mocking him by writing INTENSITY in capitals constantly on the Evertononline message boards?"

Don't be so ridiculous. Scousers can't spell big words like INTENSITY.

Jaan Kenbrovin 4:23 Wed Aug 29
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Bound to be a few clueless cunts on there, Pony.

White Pony 4:17 Wed Aug 29
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I see Walcott is praising the intensity Silva has brought to Everton's training regime. Do you think that their fans are mocking him by writing INTENSITY in capitals constantly on the Evertononline message boards?

Jaan Kenbrovin 3:59 Wed Aug 29
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Been a few good examples in the last two matches of how he wants us to play, and most importantly how we attack teams. Although, so far we do seem completely toothless when it comes to finishing moves, totally lacking a killer instinct.

Although they were much weaker opposition and down to 10 men, it was noticeable that he never changed our style, resorting to putting Antonio on and lumping balls into the box as a plan b.

I’m not expecting much of this season to be honest. It’s going to take a lot more time building the players confidence in what they are doing, and a couple more quality players are needed to get us performing to a top 7 standard.

OneAll 3:54 Wed Aug 29
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we are trying to play football how football should be played and for that i got all the time in the world

Mex Martillo 3:33 Wed Aug 29
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I have to say, I am enjoying this manager that thinks better defending is retaining more possession and not putting more bodies behind the ball in defense!
Here we are calling for 3 CBs and my god we need the best DFM in the world, and Pellegrini is more intested in technically skilled footballers that can keep the ball and attack.
Early days and not started well, but I like it.

I thought we needed this tread back to comment on Pellegrini. Thanks Vexed for the nomination, I say like a dog that prefers abuse to being ignored... However, I think you are safe in your position. Somewhat worryingly my view is that I am a star on here! No shit, a star! How can our opinions be so different? Best not considered, I avoid taking time to think about what people think of me as that is messy best living happily in my world as a star...

geoffpikey 8:38 Tue Aug 28
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No. I don't know why he claimed that, if he did.

They lost some nonsense invitation pre season matches Vs SuperSports Utd and Amazulu. Also lost to Bayern and Arse. Friendlies / sponsor tournaments.

First PL game they beat Newcastle 4-0.
5th game they beat Manchester Utd 4-1.

They didn't start perfect but didnt lose 3 in a row.


normannomates 1:22 Tue Aug 28
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vexed 10.41

what position?

you have never been number 1

turn it in

you have pickle and myself well up the peckin order

REALGSA 12:58 Tue Aug 28
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Pellegrini lost his first 3 games for man city...

Is this true?

J.Riddle 10:54 Mon Aug 27
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Ag ag

Vexed 10:41 Mon Aug 27
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I'm protecting my position Riddle, you slag.

J.Riddle 10:39 Mon Aug 27
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FMOB's Vexed behave, those in glass houses....

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