Hammers turn to Pellegrini

22 May 2018 03:54:51 EST

Less than a week after deciding not to hand David Moyes a new contract, West Ham United have named Manuel Pellegrini as their next manager.

The experienced Chilean has enjoyed spells in charge of Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga and Manchester City in the past.

The 64-year-old, who won the 2013/14 Premier League title with Manchester City, has signed a three-year contract with the Hammers.

After parting company with City in the summer of 2016, Pellegrini had been in charge of Hebei China Fortune but he left the Chinese Super League club on Saturday.

West Ham's joint-chairman David Sullivan said: "I am delighted to welcome Manuel Pellegrini to West Ham United. He is one of the world's most respected football coaches and we look forward to working with him.

"It was important that we appointed someone with knowledge and experience of the Premier League, who already has an understanding - not only of the teams and players we face - but of West Ham United and our ambitions.

"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."

Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic as Hammers boss in November 2017 and guided them away from the relegation zone and to 13th place in the Premier League table.

West Ham are 500/1 to be relegated next season, while Huddersfield Town are 1/10000 to go down, Bournemouth 4500/1 and Cardiff City 1/50.

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