West Ham have been waiting since 1980 to win one of the major trophies of English football.
A runners-up spot apiece in both the FA Cup and the EFL Cup, the competition in which the Hammers face Macclesfield tonight, is as good as it’s got in the interim.
Now, they have a serial winner in Manuel Pellegrini in charge. After his slow start at the club, it is easy to forget that he has great experience of winning trophies in English football.
In fact, he won two EFL Cups in just three seasons at Manchester City, and has outlined his ambition to win a third this season. We look at why he’s the ideal man to end the wait for silverware…
In his own words
Pellegrini told the club’s official website about his designs on further silverware: “This is a competition that has many good memories for me. It was the first title I won in English football, as manager of Manchester City in 2014.
“It is a very important competition – the first major trophy that can be won in the season – and the experience of winning at Wembley in front of your supporters is something that stays with you forever.
“Our ambition is clear – to take the competition very seriously and progress as far as we possibly can. I know it is a trophy that West Ham United have not yet won in our history and, of course, we would like that to change, but first we must concentrate on showing the right approach against Macclesfield.”
West Ham now have a manager who not just has a history of playing attractive football in English football, but winning trophies as well.
Long-term, the ambition at the London Stadium has to be to be in the running for domestic trophies.
The EFL Cup represents their best opportunity to do exactly that. There are some managers who will happily sacrifice it, but Pellegrini understands its importance.
That bodes well for the fans; imagine the lift that winning a trophy would give to the club.