West Ham have appointed one of the world’s “most respected” football coaches in Manuel Pellegrini, according to joint chairman David Sullivan.
By SportBrief Reporter
Pellegrini, 64, has signed a three-year deal at the London Stadium.
The former Manchester City and Real Madrid manager left his job with Hebei China Fortune over the weekend and succeeds David Moyes.
“I am excited about this project. My mentality is always to have a winning mentality,” said Pellegrini.
“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.
“I am sure that, with the players we have in this moment in the squad, and bringing maybe another four or five in, we are going to have a strong team.”
Chilean Pellegrini, who had been a priority target from the start of West Ham’s search for a new manager, will be joined at London Stadium by assistant Ruben Cousillas.
He replaces former Everton and Manchester United manager Moyes, who was appointed West Ham boss in November 2017 but released at the end of his contract after guiding West Ham to 13th place.
“Manuel brings a reputation for attacking football and getting the best out of his players,” said Sullivan.
“We believe he will attract new talent to the London Stadium as well as improving the current squad.
Pellegrini, who was on a huge contract in China, has agreed to take a pay cut but it is anticipated he will become the highest paid manager in West Ham’s history.