Former West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini could be set for a new job in management with La Liga side Real Betis.

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West Ham sacked Pellegrini in December, just 18 months into a three-year deal.

It proved an expensive project for West Ham, who forked out unprecedented fees on players during that time.

Pellegrini, working alongside director of football Mario Husillos, broke the West Ham transfer record twice with the signings of Felipe Anderson (£40m) and Sebastien Haller (£45m).

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Project Pellegrini proved expensive for West Ham

They broke West Ham’s record fee paid for a defender with the £22.5m signing of Issa Diop.

It turned sour this season, though, and Pellegrini was dismissed and replaced by David Moyes at the turn of the year.

Now the Chilean looks set for a return to Spain, where he has managed Villareal, Real Madrid and Malaga previously.

That’s according to Spanish outlet Larazon – as translated by Football Espana.

Real Betis boss Rubi is under pressure after a limp defeat in the Seville derby which kicked off the resumption of Spanish football last week.

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Former Hammers boss set for management return with Real Betis?

Betis have won just two of their last 12 matches in La Liga and languish in 12th place in the standings.

The manner of their defeat to bitter rivals Sevilla is said to have sealed Rubi’s fate.

Pellegrini, former Watford boss Javi Gracia and ex Valencia manager Marcelino Garcia Toral are the three in contention for the job according to Larazon.

Pellegrini has been very quiet since his departure from West Ham.

Too much should not be read into that given Pellegrini is not one to crave the spotlight.

But now he looks set to end his six-month spell out of the game.

Of the three in contention Pellegrini has the best pedigree in the game – particularly in Spain.

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Pellegrini was 12th highest paid boss in world football while at West Ham

The extent of the compensation Pellegrini was paid by West Ham was revealed in a report from France Football.

Back in March France Football published a list of the top 20 highest paid football managers in the game.

The calculations were produced by taking into account the bonuses earned from the 2018/19 campaign, the gross salary earned in 2019/20 and other public streams of revenue also earned over the latter period.

During his time at West Ham Pellegrini was the 12th highest paid boss in world football with a salary of £8million.

And according to France Football he picked up a cool £2million golden handshake after being axed.

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