There was a sense of inevitability about West Ham United’s 2-0 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday night.
After eight games and two long months without a win the Hammers beat fierce rivals Chelsea on Saturday.
West Ham fans were hoping the victory would be a line in the sand. But many feared it was typical West Ham, getting themselves up for a big game against a big team.
All eyes were on Molineux to see whether Manuel Pellegrini’s side really had turned a corner.
A sobering and predictable defeat
And the Hammers failed the test against a team that has played nearly 17 games more than them already this season.
The sobering defeat has seen the apathy that was creeping into the fanbase resurface.
And along with it question marks over Pellegrini’s future again.
In his pre-Wolves press conference the Chilean surprised everyone by taking a pop at the gathered press over the intense speculation about his future.
But those reporters may end up having the last laugh if West Ham continue to struggle.
Names like Rafa Benitez and Eddie Howe have loomed large in the background.
Insider comments on Pellegrini’s future after Wolves loss
With Arsenal up next the pressure is on once again.
But reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee has spoken out on Pellegrini’s future in the wake of the Wolves defeat.
And the Twitter and radio personality maintains Pellegrini has until the Southampton game to turn things around.
“I reckon he will have that (Arsenal) and Southampton before a decision is considered,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter when asked whether Pellegrini could be axed.
I reckon he will have that an Southampton before a decision is considered https://t.co/zvZjOV9daQ
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) December 4, 2019
Two-week break looks ominous if Pellegrini doesn’t turn things around
With the game against Liverpool before Christmas postponed until the new year it means the Southampton game on Saturday December 14th is the last before Boxing Day.
West Ham will have nearly two weeks off. And that may prove ominous for Pellegrini if he does not get positive results against Arsenal and the Saints.
West Ham’s co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold may have set a specific points target. Or they may just want to see evidence the team is moving in the right direction rather than just turning up for the big games.