West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini had a disagreement with the club’s owners before his sacking.
Pellegrini was relieved of his duties after a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City reserves last weekend.
David Moyes was appointed for the second time in as many years.
And the Scot got off to the perfect start with a 4-0 win over an injury-ravaged Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.
The win will not pull the wool over anyone’s eyes, though.
Win papers over cracks in West Ham squad
West Ham are still sorely lacking in key areas.
And they must look to bring players in during the transfer window this month.
It seems the owners and Pellegrini had different ideas over their plans in that regard.
That’s according to reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.
The Twitter and radio personality has revealed there was a difference of opinion over striker target Gabriel Barbosa.
Insider reveals transfer disagreement before Pellegrini sacking
It seems unpopular co-owner David Sullivan was up to his old tricks interfering with player recruitment by pushing for a deal to sign the Brazilian forward from Inter Milan.
But Pellegrini was not keen on the player and made that clear to the owners.
“No it’s not true (that Pellegrini wanted Barbosa)!” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.
“Barbosa was lined up more by Sullivan because he has the same South American contact that we have been using before.
“It was more Pellegrini not being keen on him than he being told he fools mt have him.”
No it’s not true! Barbosa was lined up more by Sullivan because he has the same South American contact that we have been using before. It was more Pellegrini not being keen on him than he being told he fools mt have him https://t.co/zm1pYcxaXc
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) December 30, 2019
Sullivan still interfering over transfers?
West Ham hired Mario Husillos as director of football to oversee transfers while Sullivan and Gold took a step back from that side of the club.
But it appears the reality was Sullivan continued to push his ideas over recruitment.
Husillos is believed to have departed the club now despite no official announcement.
It will be interesting to see who is picking the players in January with Moyes – a man very grateful to have a job after 18 months out of the game – in charge again.