Manuel Pellegrini reportedly agrees to become the next West Ham manager

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 18 May 2018, 09:07

West Ham are drawing closer to naming David Moyes’ successor at the London Stadium after Manuel Pellegrini was installed as the odds-on favourite for the post.

Pellegrini has been a long-time target for the Hammers who are on the hunt for their third manager in six months after opting not to hand Moyes a new contract.

And now according to reports in Chile (Pauta), Pellegrini has apparently already agreed to manage the Irons and could even be unveiled as their boss on Monday, which fits into the club’s 10-day target.

In a recent statement West Ham revealed that they were eager to appoint a “high-calibre first-team manager who has a proven record both in the Premier League and European football,” and Pellegrini definitely fits into that bracket.

Back in 2013/14 the then Man City boss became the first South American manager to lift the Premier League trophy, and bagged the League Cup in the same campaign, which he’d go on to win again two years later, before making way for Pep Guardiola in 2016.

Pellegrini twice reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, with Man City and Villarreal, and won the Intertoto Cup with the latter back in 2004.

The 64-year-old was in charge of Real Madrid when they purchased Cristiano Ronaldo from Man Utd, and in that single season (2009/10) in charge of Los Blancos he led the Spanish giants to their highest ever La Liga points total - that tally of 96 points has since been topped by Jose Mourinho - although the club had to settle for second spot behind rivals Barcelona.

If reports are to be believed he’s now on the cusp of returning to the Premier League with West Ham, who finished their most recent campaign in 13th.

Meanwhile, it looks like the club’s reported first choice, Rafa Benitez, will be staying at Newcastle, whereas Paulo Fonseca has signed a new contract with Shakhtar Donetsk.

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