Premier League outfit, West Ham United, have confirmed the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager. Pellegrini has put pen to paper on a three-year contract that will see him remain at the club until the summer of 2021.
“West Ham United are delighted to confirm the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as the Club’s new First Team Manager,” the club said in an official statement.
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After a two-year absence, the 64-year-old returns to the PL, where he led Manchester City to the league title in his first season in England, and also won two league cups in his three year stay at the Etihad.
Speaking on the appointment, club joint chairman, David Sullivan, welcomed the Chilean to the club, adding that “It was important that we appointed someone with knowledge and experience of the Premier League, who already has an understanding of not only of the teams and players we face – but of West Ham United and our ambitions.”
With his appointment, the ex-Malaga and Real Madrid manager becomes the first Hammers boss to have previously won the league title, and will be saddled with changing the fortunes of the club, after a difficult 2017/2018 campaign.
Pellegrini has been in charge of Chinese Super League club, Hebei China Fortune, since leaving England.
“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,” Sullivan added.