Pellegrini must be allowed to get on with the job


If Manuel Pellegrini is appointed as the next West Ham manager next week he must be allowed to get on with the job without any interference.

In February David Sullivan promised to take a back seat in recruitment by saying:

“I want to set something in, a procedure, a set up that will long term deliver better.  Only the manager can sign players. Going forward, we are going to completely re-jig it, I am going to delegate the whole thing to a huge new analysis system and a new head of recruitment, massive video analysis department, increase the scouting, every player will be looked at 5 or 6 times, we won’t be signing a player based on who the manager has never seen play. The manager will watch him play and we hope we will spend our money better.”

Pellegrini learnt the hard way after a bad experience at Real Madrid with major interference from their board later saying:

“To coach Madrid was a source of great pride, but what happens is that when one coaches Madrid, one must understand that they are not just about sport, they are also very political. And to the extent that folks, who, in my opinion, have no football knowledge, are allowed to interfere in decisions. If one allows people who do not have knowledge to interfere, if one allows oneself to be weakened by critics who have agendas that are either political or sport-related or personal, then one is not prepared [to coach them]. That is why I had the good luck to pass one of the most difficult tests and I was not at all affected.”

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  • Carrerageorge says:

    I don’t think anyone can argue with that Sean.Whoever manages us next must be allowed to do just that , rather than being micro managed via social media

  • crewehammer says:

    Pellegrini’s Chinese Super league team are 8th out of 16 teams, top of the table is Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C. managed by Li Xiaopeng.

  • Hammer64 says:

    He obviously realised the recruitment strategy had not worked well. But will he be able to give up meddling? We shall see…

  • Hammer64 says:

    I hope Pellegrini has done some due diligence & got some guaranteees. Given his experience at Madrid he would be mad to walk into the setup that existed under Bilic.

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    Lets face it, it was hard enough with the chairman butting in, but with a Director of Football controlled by the chairman taking charge, it could be far worse. On the other hand, Pellegrini would need someone to butt in having been away from the real world for so long.

  • kevin says:

    Well we can’t carry on changing managers just because of a section of fans that don’t like the style of play . We used to be a club that kept our managers long term , nowadays we are changing them like dirty socks . We have become the butt of many a joke amongst rival supporters and it’s time to calm things down . Instant Karma , I think it’s called . The massive decision to go no further with Moyes was imo a brave one . We must give credit where it is due regardless of opinions regarding the board . We have all been critical ( some a lot more than others ) and with good reason but , maybe , just maybe this time the board has finally heard us . …….. Pelligrini is a proven coach and a respected one . We shall probably still have our ups and downs . That’s where the Fans step into the equation .
    Be it a good start for Pelligrini or an indifferent one the fans must stay on the train and not jump off at the first siding if and when the steam runs low . He must be given every chance to build up a good head of steam for those uphill climbs where it all too easy to slide back .
    The coal bunker ( quality players being signed ) must be kept topped up at all times . The wet coal needs chucking out and dry coal tipped in . Let’s be patient and give it a real go .

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Here are a couple of phrases that remind me of DS “A Leopard doesn’t change it’s spots” “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” personally no matter who we get as boss and I am not expecting Pellegrini but would be interesting times if it comes to fruition I can’t see DS & KB not sticking their oars in and generally causing havoc one way or another. Agree though Sean with sentiment, whoever we employ should be allowed to get on with the job with full support.

  • 4FF says:

    The debate was about Baroness SunCol. Only Sean Custiss supported her in any way at all.

    In fact, they all miss the point – as a director of West Ham she should not be using the column to insult West Ham fans or do anything that might have a negative impact on the club – she has done both – she should stop the column or resign as vc.

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      Vote no2 of those choices please, she has enough jobs now like most tories !!!

  • Clive says:

    I believe in freedom of speech but our board love to gossip. They cant keep anything secret in the interests of the club. They love the fact they have “in the know” information that everyone wants to know and cant resist leaking it. I don’t think that’s going to change and is probably a major factor in Sullivan replacing Moyes, because that was one of the changes Moyes was demanding. Moyes wanted to put a stop to all that but I don’t think the board think or care whether the manager is undermined as a result of their gossip. What manager wants to constantly spend all his time answering or deflecting questions from journalists over something one of the board had said or written about?
    Whatever promises Sullivan made to Moyes about how transfers will be handled in future, about how each player would be watched in person by the manager etc, all of that and any promises he made to Moyes about not interfering with transfers, all of that no longer applies. With a new manager Sullivan doesn’t have to break any promises. He can go back to micro managing the manager, the daily phone calls etc. How long until he is looking for yet another new manager I wonder.

    • Stratford E20 says:

      You blame the board for the gossip and leaks yet we all came to sites like claretandhugh hoping for those very same bits of gossip and leaks. Hugh has his sources as do other sites/people eg exwhuemployee. The blame for gossip and leaks lie at the feet of a lot of people.

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