Former Hammers manager on thin ice


Under pressure at Real Betis, former West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has received a vote of confidence from the club’s chairman.

Despite recently extending his contract through 2026, there have been growing discussions about Pellegrini’s future as Betis faces the possibility of missing out on European competition for the first time during his tenure. Currently, Betis sits eighth in the La Liga standings with 45 points from 31 games.

In the January transfer window, Betis demonstrated their support for Pellegrini by opting to pay a transfer fee for Hammers player Pablo Fornals instead of waiting six months to sign him for free.

Despite the rumours surrounding his future, Betis and Pellegrini have quickly dismissed such speculation. Pellegrini, who rejected an offer from Roma, remains committed to his role at Betis.

Pellegrini (seen here with David Moyes) is on thin ice at Betis having slipped out of Euro contention

Haro, speaking to Mundo Deportivo, stressed that there is no internal debate about Pellegrini’s position. “Internally there is no debate. When you lose, people can speculate. We are very happy with Manuel’s work; he is happy and has a valid contract. I am surprised that this debate is generated,” Haro stated.

He further emphasized the stability within the club, “There is no debate. We are happy, and in no case can we deduce from the conversations we have that there is an exit option. Then, football is also unpredictable.”

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