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muskie 3:42 Wed Jul 25
Interesting article, if you're bored at work
Manuel Pellegrini reveals more new signings could arrive at West Ham after spending nearly £100m.

Such is the intoxicating air of optimism at West Ham United that it is hard to believe only four months have passed since that now-infamous meeting with Burnley, when fans revolted, players collapsed and owners were forced to flee from their seats.

That 3-0 defeat at the London Stadium, and the violence that came with it, felt like the moment of release after two seasons of ­simmering tensions. Something had to give and, in response, the club’s owners have clearly decided that something had to change.

“He told me he wants to build a new club,” said Manuel Pellegrini, the man hired to bring about that change, of co-owner David Sullivan, who was struck in the face by a coin during the March uprising.

“He wants to give all the responsibility of the club to me.”

A return to the Premier League, coupled with the promise of cash to spend, proved too tempting an ­offer for Pellegrini to resist, no ­matter how lonely the huge dugouts at the London Stadium may have seemed for Slaven Bilic and David Moyes over the past two ­seasons.

Sullivan’s decision to hand over the reins – and the chequebook – represented the first significant step of the summer. It was the most convincing sales pitch he could have given Pellegrini, a former Manchester City and Real Madrid manager who would have been forgiven for wondering whether joining West Ham was worth the hassle.

“It was very important for me to know where I am coming, to which owner I will find,” Pellegrini said at his official unveiling on Tuesday. “I know what happened with the Burnley game, but fortunately for me I have never been afraid of ­anything in my life.”

The second significant step was for West Ham to appoint Mario Husillos as a director of football. Husillos had worked with Pellegrini at Malaga, and the pair soon got to work in what has become the most sensational transfer window of West Ham’s history.

So far, seven new players have arrived, for a combined cost of almost £100 million. There is a new goalkeeper in Lukasz Fabianski (£7m from Swansea City) and new defenders in Ryan Fredericks (free from Fulham), Fabian Balbuena (£3.5m from Corinthians) and Issa Diop (£22m from Toulouse). Jack Wilshere has arrived from Arsenal, while Andriy Yarmolenko (£17.5m from Borussia Dortmund) and Felipe Anderson (£35m from Lazio) will provide attacking firepower.

“All the signings at this moment are what I require,” said Pellegrini, who added that more recruits could be on the way. “Not any influence of the club. If there is a player the club wants, and I also like, there is not a problem but I am in charge of that.”

It has been a remarkable transfer window both in its scale and its efficiency. By way of comparison, last year’s summer window ended with the director of Sporting Lisbon ­labelling Sullivan and David Gold as the “dildo brothers” following their failed pursuit of William Carvalho.

The new recruits, Pellegrini hopes, will facilitate a return to the “West Ham way”. “I think one of the most important things for any club, not just West Ham, is to have a style of football,” he said.

“West Ham has a tradition and David Sullivan thought I was that way and was very happy to trust me. I always try to play offensive football.”

The focus on Pellegrini’s past has naturally centred on his time at City, where he won the Premier League title and two League Cups. It may be more instructive, however, to look back to his successful years at two smaller clubs, Villarreal and Malaga.

“I chose Malaga as it was fighting against relegation and we built a project. I hope we can do it here,” he said. “If you are working at ­another club you must build a ­project to try to improve what the club had done in years before, and that is my challenge here.”

A sense of purpose is what West Ham fans have been craving since the move to the London Stadium. There is a feeling that the owners’ promises of a glorious future have not been kept, so there is inevitably some excitement over this summer’s influx of stars.

As the most expensive recruit, the Brazilian playmaker Anderson is perhaps the most alluring of the purchases. But it is also of note that Wilshere felt impressed enough by the Pellegrini “project” to swap his beloved Arsenal for pastures new.

“I tried to convince him that he is just 26 years old, that if he wants to go away and earn more money he can do it, but he is at an age where he can continue playing here,” ­Pellegrini said, adding that the ­midfielder has been given a specific fitness plan to prevent injuries. “Jack Wilshere will play as Jack Wilshere. You cannot change him.”

A note of caution: this is still West Ham, one of the most consistently shambolic clubs in the Premier League. It would not be beyond the realms of possibility for hope to dissipate as quickly as the pre-match bubbles at the London Stadium.

And there are plenty of examples of revamped teams needing at least a few months to get used to each other. But if West Ham cannot be optimistic now, ahead of a new ­season that will start with a new manager, new players and the ­genuine ambition to become a “new club”, then when can they?

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Nicey 9:09 Thu Jul 26
Re: Interesting article, if you're bored at work
West Ham has a tradition and David Sullivan thought I was that way and was very happy to trust me. I always try to play offensive football.”


We had some other bloke who played pretty offensive football. Imagine if the grumps on here had got their way and he had stayed to lead us to lower middle to mid table glory year after year.

Be careful what you wish for...

LeroysBoots 9:43 Thu Jul 26
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I only caught glimpses of the game on the train home last night but I did see our second goal.

Anderson just oozes class, it is very exciting the "project" that Pell is creating.

I highlighted project as that is the buzz word these days for most things in life when a change is happening !

Mex Martillo 8:11 Thu Jul 26
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I also agree with chim chim, but if this all works out and we move to the next level I will be ok with the owners.

Any Old Iron 1:20 Thu Jul 26
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chim chim cha boo 7:00 Wed Jul 25

ditto

Mex Martillo 7:44 Wed Jul 25
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Leroy, it is not good, but getting back to normal, my brother in-law is a Sporting season ticket holder and he was telling me.

They had a vote of no confidence and got rid of the old President that rightly called our beloved Davids the porn kings and was accused of ordering the beating up of the players.

They elected a new President. Despite a supposed ban the old President also stood and got quite a bit of support. Figo was also a candidate.

First thing the new President did was sack the new manager after 9 days. The old President appointed him before getting a vote of no confidence and after the old manger walked out with most of the players.

The new President and 2nd new manger José Peseiro who has managed Sporting before are sorting things and they are rebuilding the team.

Most players that walked out have gone, but a few came back as things settled down a bit. They were impressed that a Dutch player Bas Dost came back after having his head opened by a supported swinging a belt.

Most supports that beat the players up were arrested and apparently it was not difficult as they were on security cameras and gave press interviews afterwards.

There is general feeling that the supporters were not actually that bad and media blow it all out of propotion, but that the President went a bit mad in an egotistic dictator kind of way.

mallard 7:37 Wed Jul 25
Re: Interesting article, if you're bored at work
Which players collapsed at the Burnley game ?

VirginiaHam 7:21 Wed Jul 25
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Northern Sold 5:30 Wed Jul 25

If we'd stuck with Moyes we'd have ended up somewhere between Bilic and Fatterdyce.

I see a clear plan from Pellegrini. Not interested in moving until he'd had his own swipe at the transfer market, full preseason, blah blah blah.

I expect he'll know a lot about these players after the Arsenal game, which I'm going to.

Mad Dog 7:06 Wed Jul 25
Re: Interesting article, if you're bored at work
I can't wait 5 1/2 weeks to go to work. Can I read it now?

chim chim cha boo 7:00 Wed Jul 25
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I wanted us to stick with Moyes who I thought deserved another season struggling with two wanker owners and a very limited say in who we bought. I thought he did a decent job in the circumstances.

We've moved and nearly doubled or capacity yet been told that the extra gate receipts are not even enough for a decent player and we've been lied to, cheated and deceived all along the line.

My loyalty to West Ham has never been so in the balance as at the end of last season and I was starting to question if I actually like football any more.

This is the least those lying cunts could do to try and patch things up between them and the fans. Just deliver what you promised.

...and this is a start.

LeroysBoots 6:38 Wed Jul 25
Re: Interesting article, if you're bored at work
What's also refreshing is that Sullivan will not interfere, or he says he won't.

LeroysBoots 6:37 Wed Jul 25
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Mex Martillo 5:57 Wed Jul 25

What's the latest MM ?, I know they all left but I heard Sporting were trying for fees, for example Patricio they wanted 20 million for from Wolves

Mex Martillo 5:58 Wed Jul 25
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Darby, I think they were normally quite quick to do deals, but the last 2 seasons they lost that a bit

, 5:57 Wed Jul 25
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The proof of the pudding will be in the eating. Let's see how effectively Pellegrini can mould these incomers and originals into a team before passing final judgement.

Mex Martillo 5:57 Wed Jul 25
Re: Interesting article, if you're bored at work
Northern, Boots, Sporting Lisbon, looking rather toxic at the moment

Far East Hammer 5:48 Wed Jul 25
Re: Interesting article, if you're bored at work
Northern Sold 5:30 Wed Jul 25

Weren't there those that wanted us to stick with the Walrus too?

Gavros 5:45 Wed Jul 25
Re: Interesting article, if you're bored at work
Lovely stuff!

Darby_ 5:39 Wed Jul 25
Re: Interesting article, if you're bored at work
It's quite funny when you compare the difference to every other window under G&S. Everything used to drag on until the last minute before Sullivan would throw up his hands and say that they couldn't agree on a wage.

All that looks even more like bullshittery when you compare it to this preseason and how quickly we've done deals.

bruuuno 5:38 Wed Jul 25
Re: Interesting article, if you're bored at work
This is West Ham, it will all end in tears

muskie 5:32 Wed Jul 25
Re: Interesting article, if you're bored at work
I suspect the author Sam Dean is a fan -

"A note of caution: this is still West Ham, one of the most consistently shambolic clubs in the Premier League. It would not be beyond the realms of possibility for hope to dissipate as quickly as the pre-match bubbles at the London Stadium"

Northern Sold 5:31 Wed Jul 25
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`the most toxic of clubs in recent times !!?



Can't think of many worse Boots.... can you ??

Northern Sold 5:30 Wed Jul 25
Re: Interesting article, if you're bored at work
Enjoyed that....

.... and to think people still wanted Moysie in....


... better the devil you know indeed....

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