Manuel Pellegrini looks like a man resigned to his fate at West Ham United.
West Ham have not won for more than two months.
Speculation has intensified over Pellegrini’s future with every passing week.
The infamous public West Ham blame game started in earnest as the club’s form nosedived.
Blame game has hung Pellegrini out to dry
When supporters started to turn their anger on owners David Sullivan and David Gold, suddenly information was leaked about the board’s supposed dissatisfaction with first director of football Mario Husillos and then Pellegrini.
Pellegrini appeared to grow tired of taking all the blame ahead of the Spurs defeat.
The 66-year-old was clearly irked as he insisted HE was not to blame for the club’s plight (whufc.com). Instead Pellegrini pointed his finger at a lack of ambition from the club and big team mentality from the players at his disposal.
The silence from West Ham since the Tottenham defeat has been deafening.
Pellegrini was crestfallen before the game let alone during and afterwards as his side failed to come up with any answers to the crisis yet again.
Crestfallen Hammers boss made utterly bizarre substitution
One moment during the defeat caused a real stir among Hammers fans, the introduction of ageing flop defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez for Issa Diop with West Ham 3-0 down.
West Ham fans were incredulous both at the London Stadium and on social media.
But was there more to the substitution than meets the eye?
West Ham fans are wise enough to know that Pellegrini would only have signed bargain basement Sanchez because the board would not fund a move for anyone better.
With a paltry £25million spend in the summer, Sanchez remained the only back-up to Declan Rice.
The meagre transfer kitty meant Pellegrini was only able to sign two players designed to challenge for a first team spot.
Pellegrini’s parting shot at penny-pinching owners?
The budget restrictions have directly impacted the team’s chances of success. Pellegrini’s options are sorely lacking in several key areas as a result of the lack of transfer expenditure.
So was Pellegrini’s head-scratching substitution a very public parting shot at the owners.
Sanchez, and in many respects hapless freebie goalkeeper Roberto, are the players who embody Sullivan and Gold’s tenure the most.
By bringing the Colombian on at 3-03 down it appeared to be a clear message to everyone watching saying “This is what the owners have given me to work with.”
If Pellegrini is axed before the Chelsea game, there is no doubt it was a very powerful message indeed.