West Ham United, and Manuel Pellegrini in particular, will have had the last laugh at one of football’s pundits this season.
Everybody in football loves it when a pundit is made to look like a fool of themselves after comments they make in the national media. However, this particular pundit may have actually been more than happy to have egg on his face and be proved wrong considering his connection to the club.
The floor is yours: Tony Cottee.
To say the ex-Hammer was not best pleased when Pellegrini was appointed as the manager of the club following the poor start to the campaign would be putting it rather mildly.
In fact, speaking to talkSPORT, he did not really have too many kind words to say about the situation, questioning what the Chilean would be able to bring to the party and believing he did not have the tools to motivate his players.
Cottee said: “It’s all right saying Pellegrini is a great manager. But when you are managing Man City and you’ve got the best players in the world, it’s a lot easier than coming to West Ham and having to motivate the players. I don’t get the impression that he’s going to motivate and inspire the players.”
Oh, how wrong could you be Tony?
Yes, there is no denying that West Ham got off to a poor start and things were questionable. However, the Irons stuck by their experienced manager and things certainly started to pay off.
The Hammers looked a whole lot better as the season went on and Pellegrini managed to bring a sense of excitement to the London Stadium with the way the club played their football on the pitch, whilst more importantly, they were finally able to start picking up points and build momentum.
Hell, if they had not been hit with so many disastrous injuries throughout the campaign, a seventh-placed finish could well have been on the cards for West Ham.
After such a poor start, it would be rather easy for a club to look to cut ties or even the manager to think ‘this is not for me’, however, it seems the former Manchester City boss is here for the long haul (per Daily Mail).
Might be worth having a slice of humble pie, Mr Cottee.
West Ham fans, did you share the same thoughts as Cottee at the time? Or were you convinced things would change under Pellegrini? Let us know below!
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