West Ham United have confirmed the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss on a three-year deal.
The Hammers parted ways with David Moyes after guiding the club to safety but decided to hire the former City boss to pilot the affairs of the club. The Chilean became the club’s seventeenth permanent manager and went further to outline his visions for the Claret and Blue Army.
Speaking for the first time following his appointment, Pellegrini confirmed he felt wanted by the Hammers and outlined his ambitions for a prosperous future which he shares with Joint-Chairman David Sullivan and the Club’s supporters.
“I’m very happy because I return to a league that, for me, and I always say the same thing, is the best league in the world, and especially because I come here to West Ham because every time I spoke with the owner Mister Sullivan, I always had the feeling that he wants me,” said the 64-year-old, whose track record throughout a 30-year managerial career is truly outstanding.
“I think that West Ham had a difficult season last season and I hope that next season we are going to play football that will delight the fans. I always play attacking football, and we must try to reach essential targets in the season.
“Every time you have a meeting you have feelings about whether it was a good meeting or a bad meeting and I had the meeting with him, just talking about football and talking about West Ham. We agreed on a lot of things he wants for this Club in the way I think a football club must be managed, so we have a lot of common ideas.”
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West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan said: “I am delighted to welcome Manuel Pellegrini to West Ham United. He is one of the world’s most respected football coaches, and we look forward to working with him.
“It was vital that we appointed someone with knowledge and experience of the Premier League, who already has an understanding – not only of the teams and players we face – but of West Ham United and our ambitions.
“Manuel brings a reputation for attacking football and getting the best out of his players. We believe he will attract new talent to the London Stadium as well as improving the current squad.