West Ham United have appointed Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss on a three-year deal. The 64-year-old was previously boss of Chinese Super League outfit Hebei China Fortune.
The Chilean boss is reported to have signed a deal with the Irons that will see him earn £7million per-year, a £9million per-year pay-cut on his wages in the big-spending Chinese Super League.
The former Manchester City boss comes in as David Moyes successor. The Scot was told last week that his short-term deal with the club would not be extended beyond this season.
A highly experienced and successful boss
Appointing is something of a coup for the east London side. Pellegrini has previously been highly successful in Spain with the likes of Villarreal and Malaga. However, what he is most notable for in England is winning the Premier League title with Manchester City, before being replaced by Pep Guardiola.
Pellegrini has a reputation for building attacking and expansive teams, which will excite Hammers fans.
An ambitious appointment
Pellegrini will be the Irons highest paid boss ever. His appointment is an ambitious one, as the past few appointments have been underwhelming in Slaven Bilic and David Moyes, even if the former did enjoy a stellar debut campaign with the club.
The clubs hierarchy obviously want to give the fans something to shout about after another disappointing Premier League campaign. Pellegrini is a big name appointment that should get the fans backing.
Hierarchy needs to back Pellegrini
The new Irons boss has worked with limited budgets before at Villarreal mostly. However, the West Ham hierarchy need to back the Chilean in the transfer market if he is going to be a success.
The club laid out a lot of money on big-name signings last summer, which did not work out. Pellegrini is a shrewd boss though with a good eye for talent, so the Irons are likely to avoid the relegation dogfight next season, with or without big-spending this summer.
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