West Ham landing Manuel Pellegrini has the look of a managerial coup

The Chilean has succeeded with a variety of budgets and his attacking style should help to soothe the disquiet at West Ham

West Ham United may just have pulled off the summer’s managerial coup by appointing Manuel Pellegrini, affectionately known as This Charming Man.

The Chilean’s sobriquet is borrowed from a Smiths ditty and was given by adoring Manchester City fans during the success-soaked years of 2013-16. Pellegrini was, indeed, the epitome of a genteel presence, never resorting to bitterness or sniping. More importantly, though, he combined this human quality with the hard edge required to be a winner.

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