Mark Lawrenson has explained why there will be no easy fix to Manuel Pellegrini’s problems at West Ham United.
Pellegrini has lost all four of his Premier League games so far.
And the Chilean has it all to do with the Hammers facing a daunting run of fixtures.
Everton, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham make up four of the club’s next five games.
Bottom on zero points, it is a far cry from where West Ham envisioned being after appointing Pellegrini and splashing out £100 million on 10 new players in the summer.
West Ham are now being tipped for relegation and Pellegrini for the sack.
‘Abysmal and no signs of improvement’
Pundits have highlighted the new manager’s tactics as being ‘naive and outdated’.
Particular emphasis has been on West Ham’s vulnerability playing a back four and a lack of pace in midfield.
Fans are hoping to see a distinct improvement against Everton on Sunday after the two week international break.
But BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson feels there is no quick fix for the Hammers who simply need better players.
“West Ham are the only top-flight team without a point this season and their manager Manuel Pellegrini has got a few things to sort out right through his team,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Defensively, the Hammers are abysmal. They were so, so open against Wolves and they have been the same in every other game.
“Without changing the personnel – as in going to get some more players – I can’t see what they are possibly going to do to change that.”
There is no love lost between West Ham fans and Lawrenson over the years.
And they will be hoping the Liverpool legend has got the Hammers all wrong.
Lawrenson has predicted West Ham will lose 2-1 at Goodison Park.
The game will be a huge indicator as to whether Pellegrini can turn things around after having extra time to work with his new-look side on the training pitch.