Now officially announced as West Ham’s new manager, Manuel Pellegrini can relax for a bit before taking first-team duties in London and trying to continue the process started by David Moyes.
Despite being much maligned, the Scottish manager got the Hammers to crawl back up the table to finish 13th, and his Chilean successor will be most likely expected to ensure a top half finish next season.
La Tercera on Tuesday delve a little deeper into how he could do that, starting with his experience at his previous clubs, taking Villarreal and Malaga to new heights back in Spain and helping Manchester City reach their best Champions League finish, losing to Real Madrid in the semi-finals.
The Chilean newspaper state West Ham’s long term project is to turn the club into a ‘European football power’, and David Sullivan has decided to hand Pellegrini ‘absolute power’.
This means his power will be similar to Arsène Wenger’s during his time at Arsenal, meaning that, as well as training the first-team, every transfer and football decision at the club will go through him, with a source close to the manager describing it as: “He’ll be the lord and master of the club.”
Visiting the club’s infrastructures on Monday, Pellegrini’s first move will be to hire a new director of football, expected to be Mario Husillos, who very recently left Malaga.
The new West Ham manager is also reported to be bringing former West Brom player Enzo Maresca to be a part of his coaching staff at London Stadium.