West Ham have appointed Manuel Pellegrini as their next manager, replacing David Moyes on a three-year deal.
Most recently the coach of Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese Super League, Pellegrini, 64, parted company with the club last week, before the league’s two-month break for the World Cup, in order to pursue other opportunities.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester City manager moved to the top of West Ham’s shortlist after it became clear Rafa Benitez would not leave Newcastle United this summer.
David Sullivan expressed his desire to bring in a manager with experience and he will hope Pellegrini that brings the stability which has been lacking in recent seasons.
West Ham statement
‘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,’ joint-chairman David Sullivan said.
‘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.
‘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.’