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West Ham board decide against sacking Manuel Pellegrini during the international break

West Ham’s board have decided against sacking Manuel Pellegrini during this international break, despite the club’s seven-game winless streak and position of 16th causing serious concern.

The Hammers will give Pellegrini time to arrest their slump, though the pressure is on the former Premier League title winner to pick up points ahead of Christmas.

Their next four fixtures are against Tottenham, Chelsea, Wolves and Arsenal, and a bad run could force the board into action. Pellegrini, paid £5million per year, will not resign.

Manuel Pellegrini makes his way down the tunnel following West Ham's defeat to Burnley

Manuel Pellegrini makes his way down the tunnel following West Ham’s defeat to Burnley

West Ham’s winless run includes a 4-0 loss to League One Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.

Some of Pellegrini’s decisions – including selecting 34-year-old Pablo Zabaleta over Ryan Fredericks to look after Newcastle’s speedster Allan Saint-Maximin previously – have raised eyebrows in the boardroom.

His inability to get performances out of Felipe Anderson is a concern while Declan Rice, who was one of their most reliably performers previously, is out of form.

Recruitment is also an issue. Their call to sign Roberto, the second-string goalkeeper who has made several high-profile errors in the absence of Lukasz Fabianski, appears a mistake.

Robert Snodgrass shows his frustration after his side conceded a third goal at Turf Moor

Robert Snodgrass shows his frustration after his side conceded a third goal at Turf Moor

Pablo Fornals, a £24m buy from Villarreal, has also struggled to have an impact while striker Sebastian Haller has scored once since August, having cost £45m to sign.

This has put pressure on director of football Mario Husillos, who arrived with Pellegrini in the summer of 2018, having previously worked with the Chilean at Malaga.

The board – who prefer to allow their managers to see out their contracts, as they did with David Moyes – are reluctant to get rid of Pellegrini now.

They have taken into account the injury to Fabianski, who is not expected back until after the New Year, meaning Roberto faces a tough run of fixtures in goal.

West Ham are likely to look for a new goalkeeper once the January window opens.

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7674611/West-Ham-board-decide-against-sacking-Manuel-Pellegrini-international-break.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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