Sam Inkersole has suggested that Manuel Pellegrini will be under pressure this season in an article on football.london.
The West Ham board have spent more heavily since the Chilean joined the club last summer and the journalist believes they will expect that to be repaid in results.
The Hammers were challenging for a seventh-place finish last season, but fell away after January and finished 10th – though that was still the club’s best finish since moving to London Stadium.
14 players who currently play for West Ham were brought in by Manuel Pellegrini and Mario Husillos, indicating that the pair have now been able to put their own stamp on the side.
They have broken the club’s transfer record three times in one year – for Issa Diop, Felipe Anderson and then Sebastien Haller this summer.
There is also the likes of Pablo Fornals and Lukasz Fabianski who will be integral players for the club this season, with the former having joined for £24m, as reported by BBC Sport and the latter winning last season’s Hammer of the Year and Signing of the Season awards.
The point Inkersole is likely making is that Pellegrini doesn’t have much of an excuse for any failures, as he has had the resources and support to build a side in his own image.
There should be no suggestion that Pellegrini’s job will be under threat if West Ham don’t have a great start to the season, as that would be counterproductive, seeing how cohesive and thought out the club’s transfer policy has been since he and Husillos joined.
Though Inkersole is correct in saying there will likely be more pressure on the Chilean to succeed and meet the club’s targets, due to the fact he isn’t having to deal with players he may feel aren’t up to the required standard.
It is unknown what the targets are for West Ham’s 2019/20 campaign, though it would be imagined improvement on last season is the minimum expectation.
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