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Lazy pundits have got it all wrong over Manuel Pellegrini’s ability to turn things around at West Ham United.

West Ham have lost all four of their Premier League games so far since appointing the Chilean in the summer.

Hammers fans were expecting a vast improvement in fortunes this season after the club spent £100 million on nine new players.

Supporters were also excited at the prospect of Pellegrini implementing his attacking style.

Project Pellegrini has got off to a torrid start, though, with the Hammers bottom of the fledgling table.

The East Londoners are also the only side in England to be pointless.

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Odds on for the sack, the knives are out already

Bookmakers have made the former Manchester City boss odds on to be sacked.

His tactics have been questioned with pundits and fans already writing Pellegrini off, often citing the fact he has never managed a club in this situation before.

‘It’s all well and good doing it with the best players at Man City but this is a different kettle of fish’ seems to be the stock phrase being trotted out.

Even Hammers legend Tony Cottee has been guilty of knee-jerk reaction to Pellegrini’s start, read more.

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Lazy pundits not doing their homework

But all those comments serve to highlight is lazy punditry, because Pellegrini HAS been in a similar situation before at smaller clubs.

In fact Pellegrini has not always had it easy and has proved in the past when it does turn things around the end result tends to be magnificent.

His career is littered with titles, trophies and record breaking league points hauls from Chile to Argentina, Spain and England.

But the best evidence that he can get West Ham winning again comes from his time at Malaga.


A smaller club than West Ham, Malaga were struggling under Jesualdo Ferreira when he was sacked and replaced by Pellegrini in November 2010.

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Malaga experience proves Pellegrini knows how to turn things around

They lost his first game against Espanyol 1-0.

But once he got his feet under the table Pellegrini started to turn things around slowly but surely.

Malaga went on to secure an 11th place finish, probably about where they should have been despite their sticky start.

Then came the pay-off.

Pellegrini led Malaga to fourth in the league the next season with a club record-breaking 58 points.

With his guidance the Spanish club made the Champions League qualifiers for the first time in the club’s history.

The next season he led them to the brink of a Champions League semi-final but for two late goals against Borussia Dortmund.

They then went on to finish sixth in La Liga.

Pundits must do a bit more homework to give a balanced and considered view.

Pellegrini has been here before and knows what is needed to turn things around.

Now it is up to co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold to give him the time to do just that.

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