During the last international break, things were looking bleak for Manuel Pellegrini.

Without a point in the Premier League, not many would have backed the Chilean to last the season or guide the Hammers to silverware.

Four points from six games look to have changed the landscape, at least if the punters are to be believed.

Punters give Pellegrini a boost

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Ladbrokes have revealed two markets which show Pellegrini has turned the corner in charge of West Ham.

Firstly, they have revealed the outright betting for the EFL Cup, as the sides involved in European competition enter the tournament this midweek.

The Hammers are fifth-highest in the pecking order, with 9 per cent of punters backing them. That’s more than both Chelsea and Manchester United; West Ham’s most recent and next opponents respectively.


The odds in the Sack Race are also good news for Pellegrini. He was once as short as 7/2 to lose his job just a matter of months after his appointment.

But two games unbeaten have seen his odds pushed back out to 8/1; he looks on much sturdier ground now.

Pellegrini has turned a corner

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These odds show that the fans – not just of West Ham – are back believing in Pellegrini again.

He was being touted as this season’s Frank de Boer at one point, but he has shown his winning mentality and quiet steel to change the narrative.

A top ten finish and silverware should be a realistic ambition for the club this season; Pellegrini can deliver it.

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