Manuel Pellegrini has signed a three-year contract to become West Ham United’s manager.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss succeeds David Moyes after having left Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune over the weekend.
Chairman David Sullivan said Pellegrini’s record, including winning the Premier League title with City in 2014, as crucial to his chances of ushering in a new era of success at the London Stadium.
“He is one of the world’s most respected football coaches and we look forward to working with him,” Sullivan said in a statement. “It was important that we appointed someone with knowledge and experience of the Premier League, who already has an understanding not only of the teams and players we face, but of West Ham United and our ambitions.
“Manuel brings a reputation for attacking football and getting the best out of his players. We believe he will attract new talent to the London Stadium as well as improving the current squad.
Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic in November and led West Ham away from the relegation zone and to a 13th-place Premier League finish.
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But West Ham’s board quickly opted not to retain Moyes’ services and Sullivan believes Pellegrini, 64, has the coaching acumen to succeed.
“Above all, he is a winner, who knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level and is driven to continue that success,” Sullivan said. “Manuel is the first West Ham United manager to have a Premier League title on his CV, and we believe that his experience, quality and proven record of taking teams forward quickly will ensure that he is successful here.”
Assistant coaches Alan Irvine, Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay left the London Stadium along with Moyes, allowing the new manager a clean slate.