West Ham made a fine start to their 2019/20 campaign. They have recently embarked on a woeful run of form, however, and have slumped to 13th spot in the Premier League table.
The Hammers have taken just two points from their last five league matches. And they were dumped out fo the Carabao Cup by League One side Oxford United.
Serious questions need to be asked of Manuel Pellegrini.
He boasts an impressive footballing CV, but was he, or more importantly, is he the right man for the job at the London Stadium?
It might just be in West Ham’s best interest to copy Leicester City’s blue-print to success. The Foxes have hired in a supremely talented young manager in the form of Brendan Rodgers. And he is working miracles at the King Power.
In fact, the Hammers should have offered the Northern Irishman the job long before he moved to the east Midlands.
Leicester’s recruitment should also be looked at by West Ham. They bring in young, highly talented players, but don’t break the bank in doing so.
In the summer, they signed Youri Tielemans, Ayoze Perez, James Justin and Dennis Praet. All four players cost around £90 million, and having sold Harry Maguire for £85 million, the Leicester owners were laughing all the way to the bank.
West Ham, meanwhile, toiled in the market, taking risks on the likes of Albian Ajeti, Goncalo Cardoso and Pablo Fornals.
Leicester are flying high in third in the table, whilst West Ham are struggling in 13th.
Perhaps now is the time for Pellegrini to go. There are plenty of exciting young managers out there. Eddie Howe, Julian Nagelsmann and Domenico Tedesco are all potential options.
The Chilean has been a brilliant manager throughout his career, but if the Hammers want to move forward, it might just be time for a change.