Manuel Pellegrini has issued his response to reports about the early leaking of his West Ham team.
Reports suggested that reveals of his Hammers side were becoming a problem for Pellegrini but he used his press conference ahead of the weekend’s clash with Everton to address the issue.
The former Manchester City boss seems unfazed by the reports, wisely preferring to focus on the bigger issues at hand at West Ham right now.
What did he say?
As reported by Football.London, when asked whether he was angry about the rumoured links, Pellegrini said: “No, it is not true. I am not angry about that.”
When asked if he was aware of the reports, he said: “Not aware, because normally in every team that I manage before, the day before the game I work with set pieces and all the players know the day before who will play and who will not play.
“So many players can talk with others, I am not keeping the starting eleven until three or four hours before the game. There are a lot of reasons why some people can know the team before.”
He was then asked if he knows who is revealing the team, he said: “I don’t have any idea, I am not worried about it. It is not the most important thing. If you go to play against Chelsea, Watford, against Liverpool, you are sure they will have the same starting eleven as the last the game or will play in the same way.
“I don’t hide too much about the starting eleven.”
Pellegrini shows his class
Pellegrini knows the story is a bit of a non-issue and has diffused it pretty well. He will also know that he has far bigger fish to fry than whispers; he needs results and he needs them quickly.
Pellegrini is too wily to be drawn on something that is essentially beyond his control and has no bearing on his team’s performance.
He has shown his class and the calmness that was surely a part of him getting the job; now he needs to deliver on the field.