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Can the Hammers keep Pellegrini happy?

Can the Hammers keep Manuel Pellegrini and Declan Rice happy over the next couple of years?

There’s little more to say about Declan given the multitude of words that have been published about him this week.

But ClaretandHugh follower DJ Hammer has some interesting thoughts on how the Irons may have to sell big to keep Pellegrini sweet when he comes to the end of his contract.

By DJ Hammer

It’s a dual edged sword with Declan Rice as he himself states  he will play this season and next, then see where it goes.

Reading between the lines, if Hammers aren’t playing European football he could be prised out of our club by others promising Euro glory!

Should Rice play the majority of games as DMF, he would have clocked up over 100 appearances in the PL, a benchmark that suitors covet, not to mention greedy agents using that stat as leverage for pay rises.

The other side, are Hammers able to keep Pellegrini happy? Even more investment will be required to mount a sustained assault to be a top seven club,

If this was the case, where would we find the money from if we don’t sell big?

More questions than answers, get braced for turbulence at the London Stadium.

About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

9 comments on “Can the Hammers keep Pellegrini happy?

  1. Actually bored with the whole DEclan RIce saga. If we want to be a big club we do not sell our best players. Simple as that. Its quite simple if anyone makes an offer you say no. Not hard.

  2. Where would we find the money ? We’ve nearly doubled our capacity with a free stadium and no running costs we should be spending big without selling players but not with these owners in charge

  3. I completely agree with your sentiment Mojen, the question I raised is however a delicate balancing act. We want to retain our best players I think we’d all agree. However, that can be achieved by either being successful in attaining European football qualification, or winning trophies, the alternative is overpaying in wages to satisfy the players financial requirements.
    Were either criteria met, the club would need to push on again to maintain the newly found status. How would it be possible without a very large financial injection of capital if we don’t move on any of our better players?

    This discussion is not exclusive to Declan Rice, it could quite easily be Feilpe Anderson, or Haller who might be tempted away, or become sacrificed if this were to be the case for the ” greater good ” .

    I can remember the last era when we had an emerging team 1997 – 2001. Top players sold, west stand rebuilt, then a steady decline sadly, this led to managerial changes, mismanagement of funds, culminating in the dreaded drop.

    Whilst I do not envisage the latter this time around it would be foolhardy to totally rule out the possibility.

  4. We left Upton park, so we could take next step, the davids promised we would make an assault on top 4…..just pay what its gonna cost and live up till your word it’s so simpel
    If you can’t then sell to someone who can afford it don’t come every season and make limits on the transfer budget

    • Had this convo many times. There’s no promise just an over confident optimism

    • KJ, it would appear that it is easier said than done. We now have salary cap and FFP to navigate around. Not forgetting that the financial might of many middle ranked clubs has altered drastically, IE, Toffees, Foxes, Wolves, Villans all have fantastically wealthy backers.
      So I ask again, how does the club quench the thirst of an ambitious manager without selling big firstly?

  5. On Declan, if a club offered over £100m would you sell ? Is it not possible to get a like for like replacement for £50m and re-invest the funds into one or two more high quality additions ?

    I would personally like him to be the new Nobes but if not then what is the next move ? I think Utd are going to come in for him if Solskjaer stays because it seems like they are going to hoover up young british talent and we can’t live with them when it comes to pay or history.

  6. 32, that is the dilema I believe!

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