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Pellegrini needs to do much better

Frustration is starting to creep in over Manuel Pellegrini’s tactics as the Hammers lose their second game in a row against opponents which should be beatable on paper.

With a whooping £8m per year salary the 66-year-old manager is expected to significantly outperform his predecessors in pushing West Ham further up the table with the hope of a good cup run in the process.

It certainly seems to be a case of second season syndrome as supporters are currently uncertain whether he can improve on last season’s tenth place finish.

Former manager Slaven Bilic on a quarter of Pellegrini’s wages finished 7th in the 2015/2016 season, a feat also surprisingly achieved by Glen Roeder in the 2001/2002 season.

Former Hammers managers Gianfranco Zola and Alan Pardew managed 9th place finishes during their time in charge of West Ham while Sam Allardyce and Alan Curbishley could only equal Pellegrini’s tenth place finish as their highest finish.

Harry Redknapp holds the highest finish in the Premier League finishing fifth in 1998/1999 season.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

8 comments on “Pellegrini needs to do much better

  1. Unfortunately, our current owners are consistently confused by the club’s need for consistency and the means to achieve it.

    The most oft-spouted comment by every match-pundit is:

    “I wonder which West Ham will turn up today”

    In recent times, Moyes/Pearce were the only ones who recognised the need for, and were on the way to, achieving such consistency.

    Unfortunately, as with every other owner drowning in a cesspit of grandeur and delusion, ours believe they must hire the most expensive, past-it coach they can afford.

  2. This time last week it was if we win we go 3rd blah blah same before palace game we lost both and it’s all doom and gloom now. Comments like we going to be in bottom 3 soon .this player that player is useless manger should go etc.
    If we beat Sheffield Utd Saturday and this will be a hard game for sure it will be all over the top comments and articles for a week and then we lose a game and repeat the doom and gloom. We are a top 10 side at the moment and that won’t change whoever’ the manager is

  3. I’m totally mystified by the Pellegrini love-in by so many of our fans. Saturday’s no-show was an absolute disgrace. The blame for it – where the buck always stops, with the manager. Hugh gives him credit for his “I would have taken all 11 off at half-time” quote on Saturday. He picked the 11 – and the result shows it was the wrong 11. Does he ever make a difference with subs – no. Does the team look motivated – no. Have we got a better squad than last season – no. He threw the towel in at Oxford, as he did last year, in the competition we have thebest chance of winning and we’ve completely lost momentum – masterstroke, no. He can attract good players – yes, but keeping them is another matter. Does anyone really believe Haller is pleased with his move – no. He’ll be on his way to a biggerclub in the summer at this rate. Plays attacking football unlike Fat Sam with his “one man up top” mentality. Well, ask Haller, who plays on his own up top every game. Better than Moyes – that’s debatable as far as I’m concerned. Would Moyes in his second season have his team performing as we did at Goodison? I doubt it. We moved to the LS to play in front of 60,000 fans and with Leicester, Everton and Wolves, challenge for a top seven place. Not looking likely. The Foxes and Wolves are pushing on because they have very good managers. Marco Silva, the jury’s still out. Pellegrini, if I owned the club he would have been sacked Saturday nigjt. Like the previous commenter I think Pellegrini’s past it, overpaid and overrated. Please Santa for Christmas give me Eddie Howe!

  4. 4FF, I completely agree with you as I was a season ticket holder in the club 66 section, but as soon as Pellegrini got the job I let it go.
    Reason being is that in my opinion, he is too old with no ambition whatsoever, and all we are to him is a big fat pay cheque.
    I wanted Moyes and Pearce to stay on, and with the money Pellegrini has spent I am sure they would have done better.

    • Absolutely right, Paul.
      Moyes had no money to spend but fans slagged him off because he didn’t turn us into Barcelona – but he saved us from relegation for sure, and all the thanks he got was the sack to bring in Pellegrini, who is not the first to use us for a massive swan song pay day !
      Moyes wouldn’t have accepted all the no shows we have had under Pellegrini, and I, like you, was hoping the man would be given a chance with some decent financial backing.

  5. Moyes !! Did fans forget some of the abysmal games under him.

  6. Joe Harvey – couldn’t have put it better myself, mate !
    Your article is bang on the knuckle.

  7. Maybe the team shape is wrong, but no player should give less than 100%
    The manager has chosen and bought these players and in the end will face the consequences

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