Manuel Pellegrini to be announced as new West Ham boss

64-year-old Chilean guided Manchester City to the Premier League title in 2014

Manuel Pellegrini is to be announced as West Ham’s new manager. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Manuel Pellegrini is to be announced as West Ham’s new manager. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

 

Manuel Pellegrini is set to be announced as West Ham United’s new manager after holding talks with the club’s co-owner David Sullivan in London on Monday.

Pellegrini has agreed a three-year deal worth £10m a year with West Ham, who parted company with David Moyes last week, and it is understood that the Chilean will be given full control of transfers by Sullivan, who had announced his intention to appoint a “high-calibre” appointment after the departure of Moyes, who walked away after the club openly began speaking to other candidates for his job.

West Ham’s first choice was Rafael Benítez but they were forced to make alternative plans after seeing the Spaniard was minded to stay at Newcastle United.

That led them to Pellegrini, who had spent two years working with Hebei China Fortune. The 64-year-old has Premier League experience and led Manchester City to the title in 2014. He in from China over the weekend and, having spoken with Sullivan, is poised to return to England having been sacked by City in 2016.

West Ham are looking to revamp their recruitment director and are interested in appointing Malaga’s Mario Husillos as their new head of recruitment. The Argentinian worked with Pellegrini at Malaga. However, Leicester City’s Eduardo Macia is another candidate for a role which has been vacant since Tony Henry was sacked in February.

(Guardian service)

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