According to reports in Chile, West Ham United are ready to appoint Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager as early as the beginning of next week despite Rafa Benitez seemingly being their number one target, and Irons fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.
The Irons have been heavily linked with Newcastle United boss Benitez this week as they look to find a replacement for David Moyes, who it was announced would be leaving the club on Wednesday following the expiry of his contract.
However, it may well be 64-year-old Pellegrini that takes over the reins from the Scot, with the Chilean certainly able to bring plenty of pedigree and experience with him to the London Stadium having won the Premier League title with Manchester City previously, and having never finished outside of the top seven during his time managing in Europe.
West Ham supporters, the slight majority of which would be happy to sell one of their attackers to Crystal Palace this summer, took to social media to give their thoughts on the possible appointment of the former Citizens boss, and while one said “this will end badly”, another described it as “unknown territory for West Ham”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Hi is undoubtedly a top manager. There is just a nagging feeling that this will go very wrong. Can't put my finger in it
— Danny Harris (@Hammerddh43) May 18, 2018
Can’t help but get excited about the potential appointment of Manuel Pellegrini from reading this. Never finished outside the top 7 since coming to Europe in 2004. pic.twitter.com/GcittfblMI
— West Ham News (@whufc_news) May 18, 2018
I’d be more than happy with Pellegrini. Unknown territory for West Ham. A world class manager hopefully backed financially. If it happens then Sullivan deserves some credit. A big start to win the fans back. COYI
— Dan 父 Good (@DaniGood) May 18, 2018
It’s Avram Grant all over again. “We searched high and low” and ended up with an old leather faced has been dinosaur who’s stuck in China that no one else will touch.
So much for “young and dynamic, forward thinking”. Same old lies, smoke, and mirrors.
This will end badly
— Paulo (@PauloDisco) May 18, 2018
Pellegrini would be a much better appointment than Benitez IMO
— Charlie Levy ⚒ (@CharlieLevy92) May 18, 2018
Fans would take to the Pelligrini style of playing two up front.His philosophy is if a team hasn't got the ball they can't score,so his teams play possession football….how refreshing will that be!!! His preferred set up is 4-2-2-2,but he's not inflexible.
— Kenny Dawson (@pepeDaina) May 18, 2018
Even Foncesa would of been a step up. I think we gotta look at managers style of play & their football philosophy and really think who you want. Both managers I’d take but Pellegrini will take risks and play attacking football so leaning towards him
— ⚒Cess⚒ (@YouLoveCess) May 18, 2018
Just so people know Pellegrini only normally plays a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-2-1, let the attacking football commence with Arnie leading the way.
— ⚒ Westy “WorldCup” Hammerette ⚒ (@WestyHammerette) May 18, 2018