When West Ham United appointed Manuel Pellegrini this summer it was met with widespread approval from fans.
On agreeing to replace David Moyes at West Ham, Pellegrini became the highest profile manager certainly in the club’s modern history and the only one with an English top flight league title on his CV.
But for Hammers fans it was more about the way Pellegrini likes to play and his success with other clubs from the second tier like Villareal and Malaga.
A spell of two years managing in China seemed to damage Pellegrini’s reputation with the average football fan, though.
Rival supporters were quick to tell West Ham supporters he was ‘washed up’ or ‘out of touch’ after two years away from the Premier League.
And some West Ham fans will be honest enough to admit they felt those same concerns.
Many still might with it all to prove when the season kicks off in less than a month.
Pellegrini’s transfer dealings have looked a step in the right direction and the penny seems to have dropped for co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold with over £90 million spent so far this summer.
But of all the incomings at the London Stadium it seems the manager could be the biggest coup of all, if comments from new signing Fabian Balbuena on whufc.com are anything to go by.
“We all know about Manuel and his career history and everything he’s won at the clubs he’s been at, so that was another reason to come here, to be involved in a Pellegrini footballing project,” Balbuena told the club’s official website.
“His projects are always great, and as I said at the start, I’m really motivated to work hard and do my job well.
“Everyone worldwide watches the Premier League, and as a kid I followed it a lot. Naturally it was always a dream to play here and thanks to God the dream has come true.”
Hammers fans will be hoping their dreams finally come true and don’t fade and die under the man they’re already affectionately calling ‘Pellers’.