There was shock in Spain last night as reports emerged claiming former West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini could walk out on Real Betis just a week after being announced as their new manager.
Pellegrini was officially unveiled as the new Betis boss last week, seven months after being sacked by West Ham.
The Chilean was presented at a press conference where he talked about instilling a winning mentality and leading Betis back into Europe when he takes up the post from next season.
Shock reports emerge from Spain regarding Manuel Pellegrini
Pellegrini was dismissed by West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold along with close ally and director of football Mario Husillos at the end of December.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss had overseen a relatively successful first campaign at West Ham, making several good signings and finishing 10th – level on 52 points with 9th placed Leicester.
But West Ham struggled in Pellegrini’s second season and he was axed following a 2-1 home defeat to Leicester on December 28th which put the Hammers in the bottom three.
West Ham fans were interested to see how Pellegrini fared back in Spain.
But a report from Spanish outlet RadiogacetaRNE claimed a mega offer from China has turned Pellegrini’s head.
The not so charming man?
And as a result he could walk out on Betis before a ball has been kicked, to be replaced by Jordy Cruyff.
“Last minute, Pellegrini is thinking of going to China, the coach has received a great offer,” RadiogacetaRNE claimed on Twitter.
“His replacement would be Jordy Cruyff.”
👤 Jordi Cruyff es la primera opción para el director deportivo, Antonio Cordón.
— RadiogacetaRNE (@RadiogacetaRNE) July 30, 2020
The claim was then backed up by another report on Football Espana.
“Report claims Manuel Pellegrini – who was appointed as Real Betis coach earlier this month – is now considering an offer from Chinese football. Which would be quite an extraordinary development,” Football Espana reports.
Report claims Manuel Pellegrini – who was appointed as Real Betis coach earlier this month – is now considering an offer from Chinese football. Which would be quite an extraordinary development. https://t.co/HUUyuQ0UwJ
— footballespana (@footballespana_) July 30, 2020
It would be quite the turnaround.
Move motivated by money?
And it would also suggest Pellegrini could be motivated by money.
During his time at West Ham the 66-year-old was the 12th highest paid manager in world football on a salary of £8million per year (France Football).
And according to France Football he picked up a cool £2million golden handshake after being axed by West Ham.
Now it seems he could be set for a lucrative return to China. Pellegrini managed Hebei China Fortune previously before leaving for the Hammers in 2018.