West Ham United appear to have launched themselves into a previously unknown territory this summer when Manuel Pellegrini was brought in as the new manager.
The move appeared to show that the board had some ambition and drive to deliver the best to the club for the first time in what many would feel a long time, with the former Premier League winner being considered a coup.
Not only the fact that he was appointed, but the financial backing he was given would have come as an element of surprise to the fans, despite it being much-needed and things appear to be moving in the right direction.
The Hammers, who splashed out around £100million on new players in the summer, have started to fire on all cylinders and the results are starting to pick up.
However, up until ten years ago, the likelihood of appointing a foreign manager would have seemed quite far-fetched for the Irons, as they had not hired one until they decided to re-write their history books in 2008.
A moment in time: Gianfranco Zola
In the 2008/09 Premier League season, West Ham had started their campaign off fairly promising with two wins from their opening three games.
However, the then-Upton Park outfit saw Alan Curbishley decide to leave after he became unhappy with how things were being run at the boardroom level, as per The Telegraph.
His departure brought Gianfranco Zola back to London as their new manager, which in turn meant he had become the club’s first foreign boss, as per The Guardian.
He did not have the best of time at the Hammers, having spent just under two years at the club, and spent much of his final season fighting against relegation, something he did manage to achieve before the board decided to act.
However, his move arguably paved the way for the likes of Avram Grant, Slaven Bilic and now Pellegrini, who has been tasked with bringing the new London Stadium outfit the success that they desire.
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