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Manuel Pellegrini’s aspirations a big positive for West Ham United

Manuel Pellegrini’s aspirations a big positive for West Ham United

Finally, there’s an air of positivity around West Ham. Clearly, this season has been far from a plain-sailing one but the Manuel Pellegrini actually looks fairly, well, calm? Indeed, for the first time in a long time, the Hammers look settled, no longer a bad result away from a crisis. 

And, manager Pellegrini should get the majority of the credit for this turnaround in the club’s campaign as he again showed what a mastermind tactician he is.

Pellegrini, though, surely wants big things to happen with the east London club and will have clear and obvious goals for the club to achieve, especially for a club of West Ham’s size and backing.

The Evening Standard reports on how Pellegrini took the role of manager at West Ham last summer with the idea to help rebuild some of the structures within the club which could be beneficial in the long-run.

When the Chilean took the job, he brought sporting director Mario Husillos with him to bring some stability to the club behind the scene and he was given the task of setting up a new and improved recruitment system at West Ham.

The fact that star player Marko Arnautovic decided to remain at the London Stadium, at least for the remainder of the season, could be a sign of Husillos’ influence already as the club aims to keep their best players for as long as possible.

The report also indicates that Husillos has a plan in place to get a fitting replacement for Arnautovic should he leave the club in the upcoming summer market.

This restructuring of maybe the most important department at any club should be a very optimistic and exciting sign for everyone involved at West Ham and could make Pellegrini a legend in the eyes of the fans.

It shows the ambitions the manager has for the club and how he used his own initiative to help the club gain stability again after a couple of turbulent seasons since their move to the new London Stadium.

If Pellegrini can stay in charge of the club for a few more years, working together with Husillos, then West Ham could become a powerhouse in English football again. Things are calm right now and, with the greatest respect, it’s hard to see Pellegrini being called upon for the biggest jobs in football anymore, so perhaps the two parties suit.

What the London Stadium needed to feel like home was for the fans to see a team grow together, creating memories no matter how small in order to ease into the transition at last. Under Pellegrini’s stewardship, they’re doing that, with a manager used to dealing with huge pressure and one with a good track record of building something – as he did with Manchester City.

In fact, the decision to appoint both he and Husillos is looking smarter by the day.

Are we giving too much credit to West Ham’s board? Did they stumble upon the appointment or do you believe they had this in mind? Make sure to let us know. 

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