Manuel Pellegrini is a special manager and has West Ham United reaching for the stars.
That’s according to West Ham hero Robert Snodgrass after playing a key role in a sensational turnaround in form for the East Londoners.
The Hammers have won four on the bounce.
Pellegrini’s side are just two points off Manchester United in sixth place.
The Chilean was made second favourite for the sack when he oversaw four defeats at the start of his tenure.
But that seems a long time ago now as West Ham look every bit a highly competitive side.
Pellegrini has given West Ham an identity again
The Hammers are playing with a clear identity and style for the first time since the Farewell Boleyn season.
Pellegrini is idolised by fans of former clubs Villareal, Malaga and Manchester City. And he is fondly remembered for being the man who brought Ronaldo and plenty of goals to Real Madrid during a brief tenure.
The ‘charming man’ – as he was dubbed by City fans – is not one to open up to the media too much.
So what is it that makes Pellegrini special?
Snodgrass dissects what makes Hammers boss special
Having seen his West Ham career resurrected by Pellegrini, Robert Snodgrass thinks he knows.
“He speaks to me a lot about every position and that’s what you want as a footballer,” Snodgrass told West Ham’s official website.
“He tells me how I can be better in each position and he’s a perfectionist. He’s been at the top level for a reason and I think we’re starting to see his ethos in the way we’re playing.
“You need to listen to him. You can only learn more. I’m 31 and I’m still learning.
‘It’s why he the boss has been at the very top’
“I’ve learned a lot already this season. The most important thing is to get your head down, knuckle down, work hard and work for the team. It’s about the team.
“He does it with every player. Everyone. He wants to try and help everyone become better. He’s speaking with them all. It’s why the boss has been at the very top, because he talks with his players and he wants to get the best out of them.”