Football | West Ham sack Manuel Pellegrini

West Ham have sacked manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The Hammers have confirmed the Chilean’s dismissal after 18 months in charge, with former West Ham manager David Moyes emerging as the clear favourite to replace Pellegrini at the London Stadium.

West Ham lost 2-1 at home to Leicester on Saturday, and have lost nine of their last 12 matches in all competitions.

Pellegrini – who was appointed in May 2018 on a three-year deal – was reportedly informed of the club’s decision shortly after the loss to the Foxes.

The 66-year-old departs the London club with a record of 24 wins from 64 matches, and becomes the sixth Premier League manager to be sacked this season.

After a solid start to the season, a dismal run since September’s FA Cup drubbing at the hands of Oxford United has seen the Irons plummet down the Premier League table.

West Ham sit just one place and one point above the relegation zone after 19 league matches, and have lost their last four home matches.

A West Ham statement read: “Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold, along with the board and everyone at West Ham United, would like to place on record their thanks to Manuel for his service over the past 18 months.”

“It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision,” said joint-chairman David Sullivan.

“It has become clear that a change is required to get the club back on track in line with our ambitions this season.

“We felt it was necessary to act now in order to give the new manager as much time as possible to try and achieve that goal.”

Former Premier League winning manager Pellegrini eventually guided the Hammers to 10th in the league last season after a worrying start to the campaign, and there was considerable excitement at the club following the acquisition of Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals ahead of this year’s campaign.

However, the Chilean has now paid the price for West Ham’s alarming drop in form.

Next up for the Hammers is a home clash against struggling Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.