Tony Cottee has changed his opinion on Manuel Pellegrini more than once in the Chilean’s short reign at West Ham.
The season can be split into two fairly distinct parts for the club; before and after the campaign’s first international break.
That seems to have been the basis of Cottee’s opinion; the club legend’s view oscillating rather substantially based on the latest results.
What did he say?
When the Hammers were bottom of the league after four games, Cottee told the Daily Mirror that his former club should have stuck with David Moyes.
Now, he has changed his tune. He told the club’s official website: “I said publicly that I was worried after four games, with the team having not picked up a single point, but it’s also right to remember that the club went through a transitional summer.
“There hasn’t been a summer where as much has changed in one go, in terms of manager, coaching staff and players.”
Hysteria has to die down
Cottee’s turnaround is symptomatic of the hysteria that surrounds West Ham. When things were going badly, everything was wrong; the manager, recruitment, formation and then underlying issues come out.
But then excitement builds very quickly; as we can see from Cottee’s reaction. Fans, pundits and ex-players are all guilty and it doesn’t help the club.
There has to be some belief and some level-headedness; opinions and perceptions changing all the time is no good at it just adds to the sense of uncertainty around.