The future of West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini is in doubt.

The Hammers were thumped 3-0 at Burnley on Saturday.

As a result Pellegrini’s struggling side have gone SEVEN games without a win.

The Hammers have plummeted from third to 16th in the Premier League and face a daunting run of fixtures.

By the time West Ham are back in action – against Spurs on November 23rd – it will be two months since they last tasted victory.

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The West Ham blame game

Some supporters have been calling for Pellegrini to be sacked. Others feel the board are to blame. And the unrest which resulted in angry protests 18 months ago – ironically during a 3-0 defeat to Burnley  – is resurfacing with a vengeance.

West Ham had been widely tipped to challenge for the European spots after a fine start to the campaign. But with a daunting set of fixtures on the horizon could just as easily be dragged into a relegation battle.

Reports before and since the Burnley defeat have claimed Pellegrini will be given time by West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold (BBC Sport).

But those close to the Chilean believe it is a matter of time until he is axed.

That’s according to reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee, who believes Pellegrini WILL still take charge of the team for the game against Tottenham Hotspur after the international break.

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Insider says those close to Pellegrini fear imminent axe

Speaking on Twitter in the wake of the Burnley defeat, ExWHUemployee said: “Well I have mixed news. Those close to the board are saying they have no intention of sacking him (Pellegrini) and he will be in charge for next couple of games at least.

 

“Those close to Pellegrini do not think he has long left. Either way I’m convinced he will be the manager against Spurs.”

When asked by a West Ham fan if Pellegrini could walk away, ExWHUemployee had his doubts.

“Doubt it he would lose huge amounts of compensation,” ExWHUemployee added.

The West Ham fanbase seems to be divided over the apportioning of blame at the club.

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Fanbase divided over who is to blame

Many blame the board for a lack of spending and ambition which has left Pellegrini short in key areas.

Others feel Pellegrini has had more money than any other West Ham manager and the team’s performances are simply not good enough as a result.

Then there is a third camp who blame the board but also accept the squad is good enough to be performing a lot better than it is.

One thing is for certain. If the dismal run continues much longer something will have to give.

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