Talk has been gathering pace that West Ham United could be eyeing up out of work Jose Mourinho.
West Ham got off to their now annual dreary start with a 5-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday.
The match once again highlighted the huge gulf in class between the likes of West Ham and the Premier League elite.
West Ham have given Pellegrini around £125million net to spend in three windows since he joined last summer.
Speculation building that West Ham want Mourinho
That has not stopped speculation building that the Hammers might be eyeing up Mourinho after he started a season without a club for the first time in two decades.
The rumours can be traced back to a comment from pundit Stan Collymore at the weekend.
“Clever from Jose,” Collymore said on Twitter.
“Hasn’t been offered a club that he wants so far so sell himself on TV. Philosophy, humour, charm will have a chance to regularly to say “I’m here”.
“None of the top six need him, so Wolves (Mendes), Everton and West Ham managers in particular, watch your backs!”
Clever from Jose. Hasn’t been offered a club that he wants so far so sell himself on TV. Philosophy, humour, charm will have a chance to regularly to say “I’m here”.
None of the top 6 need him, so Wolves(Mendes), Everton, West Ham managers in particular, watch your backs!
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) August 11, 2019
Insider delivers his verdict on Jose rumours
Since then a West Ham supporter on Twitter claimed to have ‘heard from someone through someone who works at the club that the name Jose Mourinho has been mentioned’.
The Hammers fan put the question to reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee and received an emphatic response.
“They reckon he (Mourinho) is putting his name around to clubs that he is available but there is nothing in it at moment,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.
“Pellegrini is the man to take us forward.”
They reckon he is putting his name round to clubs that he is available but there is nothing in it at moment. Pellegrini is the man to take us forward https://t.co/gEuWF0VNni
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) August 12, 2019
The caveat there was the words ‘at the moment’.
Pellegrini must avoid feeding inevitable media circus with defeats
Should results and performances not improve significantly in the coming weeks Pellegrini will come under pressure.
With Mourinho in everyone’s minds with his new role as a Sky Sports pundit, the links would be inevitable.
Mourinho would bring an entirely different brand of football if he were West Ham boss.
Although some may argue West Ham could do with some of his defensive discipline after failing to significantly improve their defensive options over the summer.