Premier League side West Ham have announced the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini, signing a three-year deal to take over the managerial role at Upton Park.
The former Manchester City boss replaces the outgoing David Moyes, whose contract was not renewed, despite successfully guiding to the club to safety and a 13th place finish.
The 64-year-old left Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune at the weekend, paving the way for his switch to the London Stadium
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West Ham co-owner David Sullivan expressed his delight with the deal, telling the club’s official website:
“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.“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.
Pellegrini comes back to the Premier League only two years in the wake of leaving Manchester City, where he enjoyed in the fifth most astounding winning rate in Premier League history amid his three years reign at the Etihad, and seemingly helped establish the frameworks for the shocking achievement along these lines enjoyed under Pep Guardiola, having secured the service of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi in 2015
In a sublime debut campaign at the Etihad Stadium in 2013/14, Pellegrini led the Cityzens to Premier League magnificence, becoming the first manager from outside of Europe to win the EPL title, and furthermore hoisted the League Cup in the same season. City ended that season having scored a stunning 151 goals in all competition.
The Chilean boss won another League Cup in his last season in Manchester, before clearing the path for Guardiola in the late spring of 2016. For as long as two years, Pellegrini has been managing a Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune, however as of late expressed his solid inspiration to come back to the Premier League on the off chance the window of opportunity is opened.
The 64-year-old’s managerial career extends back 30 years to his initial days instructing in his local Chile and after that Argentina, where he coached River Plate in 2002/03, before making a beeline for Europe a year later.
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