West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has moved position in the Premier League sack race this week.
Pellegrini is a under intense pressure as speculation swirls over his future.
West Ham have not won for seven games and were battered 3-0 by Burnley last time out.
The manner of West Ham’s nosedive, and the back-to-back defeats against Newcastle and Burnley has seen a call for change among Hammers fans.
The West Ham blame game
Supporters have also turned their anger on the owners too.
The resentment between fans and board is bubbling to the surface again. It comes after a meagre £25million net spend in the last two transfer windows.
The lack of ambition and expenditure is a sore subject. West Ham shipped out 11 players in the summer making a saving of over £700,000 per week in wages. And a lack of signings has left Pellegrini short on numbers and quality in several key areas.
Pellegrini moves position in sack race
Pellegrini became the favourite for the sack on Saturday.
But Arsenal and Southampton’s subsequent defeats to Leicester and Everton respectively and a new report from BBC Sport on the West Ham board’s stance over Pellegrini has seen the Chilean drop down.
Pellegrini is now third favourite for the sack according to bookmakers. He is behind Gunners boss Unai Emery and Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
BBC Sport reported in the wake of the Burnley defeat that Pellegrini will be given the chance to turn round the club’s alarming slump in form.
West Ham have made a statement with their stance on Pellegrini says BBC Sport
“It has not gone unnoticed within the Hammers’ hierarchy that for the vast majority of those games Pellegrini was without first-choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski,” BBC Sport reports.
“While it is accepted Pellegrini bears some responsibility for the current mess, more attention is being placed on the work of sporting director Mario Husillos, who arrived at West Ham with the Chilean in the summer of 2018.”
West Ham take on Tottenham Hotspur in a huge clash after the international break.
Defeat there and owners David Sullivan and David Gold may have to change their stance.