West Ham will likely have been hoping that they’d finally found the solution to their managerial woes over the summer. Over the last few years, managerial uncertainty has plagued the London Stadium, with neither Slaven Bilic or David Moyes able to satisfy the demands of the club or the fans.
Manuel Pellegrini, then, when he was brought in over the summer seemed to tick a lot of the boxes. He has experience in the Premier League, he’s won the title before, and he came with a rich pedigree following stints at clubs across Europe and beyond.
However, so far it’s been a bit of a disaster for him and for West Ham this season. They’re on zero wins out of four, and they’re the only side in the Premier League yet to pick up a point.
It’s not yet panic stations for the club, given how early we are into the season, but another few losses could raise major alarm bells. Naturally, then, it makes sense to consider alternatives to Pellegrini, just in case. West Ham reportedly aren’t thinking about sacking him yet, and it would be rash to do anything but stick with him, but that doesn’t mean that the club shouldn’t be considering alternatives.
With that said, West Ham must consider these 2 potential Pellegrini replacements…
Rafael Benitez was linked with a move to West Ham over the summer before the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini, and now the Hammers may be wishing that they went with the Spaniard.
Currently at Newcastle, Benitez has done a pretty good job with the Magpies, despite some very difficult working conditions. He hasn’t been given the spending power that West Ham have offered Pellegrini, yet he’s been able to keep his team competitive.
Significantly, not only does he have high-level Premier League experience like Pellegrini, but his time at Newcastle has also taught him what it’s like to battle relegation, and so he knows what it takes to take a struggling team and turn things around. Not to mention, his experience at the highest level is up there with Europe’s best.
Granted, West Ham would likely be forced to pay some sort of compensation to buy him out of his contract at Newcastle, but the Spaniard would offer comparatively little risk in comparison to Pellegrini.
Another manager that may appeal to the Hammers is Brendan Rodgers. Now, his last spell in the Premier League didn’t go quite as planned, but he’s really turned his career around at Celtic. He’s reinforced the team as Scotland’s most fearsome outfit, and though a relatively simple task on paper, was no easy feat when you consider all the trials and tribulations that he has faced.
Not to mention, he’s also experienced at a lower level in the Premier League, having made his name ass a top manager with Swansea City.
He likes to play attacking football, but he is controlled and places results above all else, and at present, that’s what West Ham need.
Rodgers complained about a lack of signings back in August, and so perhaps he could be tempted by a switch back to the Premier League.