According to a report from La Cuarta, Valencia have made contact with former West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini over the possibility of the Chilean taking over at La Mestalla.
Pellegrini was sacked as Hammers boss on December 28th last year, having overseen a run of just two wins in 13 Premier League games.
The former Manchester City and Malaga manager took over at the London Stadium in the summer of 2018. And he was expected to lead West Ham into a new era of success.
Things didn’t quite work out that way, however.
The South American’s methods and philosophies seemed to be dated and tired. David Moyes replaced Pellegrini two months ago, but in truth, the Hammers have gone backwards since then.
Despite Pellegrini’s recent struggles, Spanish publication La Cuarta are reporting that Valencia have made contact with the 66-year-old with the view of potentially appointing him as manager.
Los Che currently sit in eighth spot in the table, but they haven’t won in their last three league games. They were also heavily beaten by Italian side Atalanta in the knockout stages of the Champions League last week.
Pellegrini allegedly wanted Gomez at West Ham
If Pellegrini is handed the reigns at Valencia, he will finally get the chance to manage Maxi Gomez – a player he was allegedly keen to sign for West Ham.
Sky Sports claimed last summer that the Hammers wanted to sign the Uruguayan. But he ended up moving to Valencia for £45 million. And Sky Sports suggest that he has a £117 million buy-out clause with Los Che.
Gomez has made a decent start to life at La Mestalla. He has 10 goals in 31 appearances to his name thus far (Soccerbase).
West Ham ended up signing Sebastien Haller instead. But if the reports from Spain turn out to be correct, Pellegrini will finally get the chance to work with one of his key targets from last summer.