West Ham United co-owner David Gold has an inside scoop from Manuel Pellegrini’s inner sanctum.
Access to training ground bases for professional football clubs is very limited nowadays.
Unless of course your name is Marcelo Bielsa.
But Hammers owner Gold paid a visit to West Ham’s Rush Green base this week ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace.
Gold has come under fire in the past for a series of social media faux pas.
Pellegrini has not had it easy at West Ham
Some fans also did not like the fact he discussed intimate club details in the public domain.
But supporters could not help but be enthused with the latest insider information he posted on Twitter this week.
Manuel Pellegrini has had to deal with a lot in his first season as Hammers boss.
He was installed as second favourite for the sack after starting his tenure with four straight league defeats.
The Chilean has been nursing a Premier League-worst injury list, as proved by a new report this week.
Injuries, inconsistency and China money
Inconsistency has dogged West Ham’s season as a result.
And then there is the Marko Arnautovic China transfer saga. The disruption caused by the courting of West Ham’s talisman was there for all to see.
As a result, many felt it contributed to the club’s dismal exit from the most wide open FA Cup for decades at the hands of League Two-bound AFC Wimbledon.
But speaking on Twitter this week Gold has revealed how impressed he was with the team spirit at the club’s training ground while also giving an update on the injury situation.
Gold: ‘Great to see’
“I went to the training ground today,” Gold said on Wednesday.
“Great to see Fabian Balbuena, Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez and Andriy Yarmolenko all coming back from long term injuries. DG.”
I went to the training ground today. Good atmosphere. Great to see Fabian Balbuena, Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez and Andriy Yarmolenko all coming back from long term injuries. dg
— David Gold (@davidgold) February 6, 2019
Pellegrini has since revealed he hopes to have Lanzini back on the bench in two weeks while Balbuena won’t be far behind.
However Yarmolenko and Sanchez won’t feature until next season.
The tweet was not the only message from Gold to be well received by Hammers fans this week.
Gold was widely applauded when he confirmed plans to rename a stand at the London Stadium after legend Billy Bonds.
The Billy Bonds Stand will be unveiled in a prestigious ceremony before the Newcastle game on Saturday March 2 (whufc.com).