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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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Eggbert Nobacon 12:37 Thu May 24
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Manuel Pellegrini is excited and energised by the prospect of returning to the Premier League to manage West Ham United.

The experienced Chilean has been a success wherever he has been, winning trophies in four different countries, including the Premier League with Manchester City in 2014, and qualifying for continental competition in all but one of his 12 seasons in European football.

Pellegrini, who has signed a three-year contract at London Stadium, arrived in east London on Monday to start work immediately on turning West Ham into one of English football’s most exciting teams.

On the 64-year-old’s agenda are the appointment of his backroom staff, finalising the Club’s pre-season plans and identifying and recruiting new players to bolster his squad.

With the FIFA World Cup finals kicking-off in Russia next month and a shorter than normal summer transfer window, time is of the essence, but the calm and composed South American is confident the Hammers have time to do good business before the 2018/19 Premier League season gets underway in August.

“We are going to start working immediately, first of all to prepare a good pre-season which is very important,” Pellegrini confirmed.

“After that, we will try to finish the squad as soon as we can, but I think we must be patient to find the right players with the amount of money that this club will spend this season.

“So, we need to work with every day from now until the start of the season, because the time is a little bit short. But we have time and I am confident that, with hard work, we have enough time to build this squad.”

Having previously managed the likes of River Plate, Real Madrid and Manchester City, Pellegrini is well-versed in handling the expectations of large and passionate fanbases.

And the man who led both Villarreal and Malaga to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League also has a reputation for getting the very best out of the players at his disposal.

For those reasons, therefore, the Claret and Blue Army can feel confident and optimistic about the future under their new manager.

“It’s very important to be clear that we are starting a new project. Maybe as soon as you can reach important achievements it’s better, but we need time. I think we need to start the new season going game by game and not trying to start with a target, because it’s not easy.

“Taking it game by game and with the players taking on and practising my ideas, I think we are going to be a good football team.”

Read more at http://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2018/may/23-may/pellegrini-i-think-we-are-going-be-good-football-team#At8VJwiExvpfo76I.99

Alan 12:28 Thu May 24
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Pep Guardiola delivered gushing assessment of new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini

Damien Lucas

Manuel Pellegrini was appointed the new manager of West Ham United this week, but what does the best in the business Pep Guardiola think of him?

West Ham wanted to go in a different direction this summer and have shelled out more than ever before on a manager to bring Pellegrini in as David Moyes' replacement.

Hammers co-owner David Gold has pledged the club will be spending more than ever before too, in an effort to finally make good on promises made when the club left Upton Park for the London Stadium in Stratford.

The appointment has excited the majority of West Ham's fans who want to see better quality, attacking football.

And according to the best in the business, and manager of Pellegrini's former club Manchester City, Pep Guardiola says supporters won't be disappointed.

"He tries to keep the ball and his teams always play good," Pep Guardiola once said of Pellegrini as reported by Sky Sports.

"I would like to be like him.

"No matter which team he is training, his teams always play in the same way.

"So his fingerprints, his footprints, his trademark on his teams is always there.

"It happened at Villarreal, at Malaga and at Real Madrid."

A gushing verdict if ever there was one and one which will surely excite Hammers fans.

If the man who has just overseen one of the most comfortable and mesmerising title wins in Premier League history wants to be your manager, then who is anyone else to question the appointment?

It looks like West Ham are in for some entertaining football in the coming years.

Eggbert Nobacon 12:17 Thu May 24
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everyody out............

West Ham United can today confirm a number of departures from the first team coaching and medical departments.

Goalkeeping Coach Chris Woods, Head of Medical Services Gary Lewin, Club Doctor Ian Beasley and Head of Fitness Nick Davies have all left the Club with immediate effect.

Following the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as manager, a restructuring of the coaching and backroom staff is currently underway, with several new appointments set to be confirmed in due course.

The Club would like to thank Chris, Gary, Ian and Nick for their excellent service and commitment. They leave with the Club's gratitude and respect and West Ham United wish them all the very best in the future.

Read more at http://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2018/may/24-may/west-ham-united-announce-backroom-staff-departures#5R0KgkGvGamWrXjT.99

Northern Sold 11:40 Thu May 24
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Gavros 3:45 Wed May 23
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I suspect that Jagger is as much a football fan as Ratched is.

Couple of MATES met him in Italy in 1990... done a few England games... mingled with the fans... sounds more of a football fan than you if I am being honest...

* struts off doing Satisfaction dance *

Sven Roeder 11:17 Thu May 24
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I see signs of us getting back to the traditions of the club with this appointment.
Nicely marked by Sullivan attending the signing in Glenn Roeder’s old PVC jacket which he borrowed from the club museum.

Ronald_antly 11:06 Thu May 24
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I feel very positive about this appointment, but I'm putting him on notice that the first time I see us play an aimless long ball out of defence, to NOBODY, I shall be calling for his head.

Trevor B 9:51 Wed May 23
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He's already left Sevilla, hasn't he?

Alan 9:50 Wed May 23
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Italian to join Pellegrini at West Ham

Enzo Maresca will leave Sevilla this summer to join West Ham on three-year deal reports in Italy claim. Maresca, who has been alongside Vincenzo Montella at Sevilla this season has some experience of the Premier League having played for West Bromwich Albion during his playing career.

The former Italian midfielder has spent time with Pellegrini before, having played under him at La Liga side Malaga. Maresca, who enjoyed a successful playing career – won five major trophies with Sevilla, including two UEFA Cup honours.

He spent one season in Greece, before returning to Spain with Malaga and then ended with spells at Sampdoria, Palermo and Hellas Verona in the Serie A. His former boss Montella was sacked by Sevilla at end of the season.

Pellegrini’s trusty assistant Ruben Cousillas is also expected to join him as could his favored fitness coach Jose Cabello and goalkeeping coach Xabier Mancisidor who he appointed at Manchester City. Malaga sporting director Mario Husillos could be named as the replacement Head of Recruitment by Pellegrini.

Mart O 4:40 Wed May 23
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Anyway, fuck Jagger and Magritte, anyone else just a little bit excited by all this ? Took a little while to sink in that they'd actually gone a got a coach of real calibre who also seems like a decent man.

Now even these shysters can't sign a fellah like this and not give him some serious wedge. Someone of his experience must have got assurances, and anyway, they'd be laughed out of it if they follow up signing him by bring in the likes of, say, Jordan HUGILL.


Anyway, I see figures like 75 mill being chucked about on here but not seen any SAUCE for that. Does that seem a credible number ? If that were net spend, that's not bad...fuck's site more than I'd have been expecting a week ago.

I was actually getting to the point at the end of this season where for the first time in my life I was thinking 'fuck it, that's it for me'. It's one thing being run by these embarrassing cunts and generally being a fucking circus, but I just don't reckon I could sit through another season of anti-football. I realise we have to cut our cloth etc and that some games are going to be about not losing, but if that's all you try and do, well, fuck that. That shite the likes of Moyes and co churn out is not fucking sport.

Definitely feeling a bit different now and am actually looking forward to next season. You cunts ?

Coffee 4:26 Wed May 23
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Yes, in Amsterdam.

Hammer and Pickle 4:20 Wed May 23
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Has anyone seen the Dutchess and Ratched in the same room at the same time?

Trevor B 3:58 Wed May 23
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I think The Duchess protested just the right amount, actually.

Gavros 3:55 Wed May 23
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the Lady doth protest too much xxx

stewie griffin 3:53 Wed May 23
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You are such a CUNT.

Gavros 3:52 Wed May 23
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whatever it is its totally without class. Magritte is the Daily Express version of Surrealism.

plankton 3:50 Wed May 23
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Sorry - 50 x 65 cms.

Hammer and Pickle 3:50 Wed May 23
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Least Ratched follows our fortunes on the match threads.

She has traces of decorum.

plankton 3:49 Wed May 23
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It's not the original - Sullivan's one is probably a lithograph done under licence. The original is only 50 x 55 cms.

Gavros 3:45 Wed May 23
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I suspect that Jagger is as much a football fan as Ratched is.

Far Cough 3:43 Wed May 23
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Eggbert Nobacon 2:21 Wed May 23
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Swiss. 1:21 Wed May 23
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common knowledge that the Gallaghers support City.

Jagger is Wall like Daniel Day Lewis.

Jagger is Arsenal

Not like Swiss to get things wrong is it Eggy?

Far Cough 3:41 Wed May 23
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Someone on ITBS reckons we're in for Luke Thomas from Derby, is he any good?

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