Harry Redknapp believes former club West Ham should have appointed Stuart Pearce over Manuel Pellegrini

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 25 May 2018, 10:09

Manuel Pellegrini’s appointment has on the whole gone down very well with the majority of the West Ham faithful.

Earlier this week the former Premier League title-winning manager returned to England for the first time in two years after signing a lucrative three-year contract, believed to be worth a juicy £10m-a-year.

However, one man who certainly isn’t pleased with the Chilean's arrival at the London Stadium is former Hammers gaffer Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp, who managed the Irons between 1994 and 2001, didn’t hold back on his criticism of the club’s decision to replace David Moyes with Pellegrini, arguing that his former club should have opted for a young English manager such as Eddie Howe or Sean Dyche.

In quotes from the BBC - reported in the Evening Standard - the veteran gaffer said:

“I don’t see it as an exciting appointment, I’ve got to be honest…West Ham’s a fantastic club, but see if they can poach Eddie Howe or Sean Dyche. There’s some great young managers in the country who, if given the opportunity, could do the job, but they don’t get the opportunities.

“You can’t tell me there’s not some good young managers about in the Championship who’ve done great jobs, who do deserve an opportunity to manage.”

Now we can see why Redknapp thinks that Dyche and Eddie should have been in the frame for the post - although it’s unlikely that either would have taken the job - however, we draw the line at Stuart Pearce - see below - whose record in the managerial arena fails significantly in comparison to that of Pellegrini.

“They even had Stuart Pearce at West Ham, who was there with David Moyes, Pearcey could have done the job no problems. No disrespect to Pellegrini but winning a Premier League with that squad he had at Manchester City, there’s every chance you’ve got of winning the Premier League.”

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