Hammers finally on the right path under Pellegrini
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It’s tough being a West Ham United fan at times. From relegations to stadium issues to broken promises from the club’s hierarchy, the Hammers have been a club full of ups and downs in recent times, especially under the ownership of Gold and Sullivan. But, finally, things appear to be blossoming.
After installing former Premier League winning boss with Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini – a relative coup for the club – and having a successful summer transfer window with the Chilean’s input clearly vital in the club’s search for quality acquisitions, the ship has well and truly been steadied at the club. Not that West Ham fans are used to that, of course.
The likes of Felipe Anderson – easily the standout addition in a relatively new-look squad, Issa Diop and the long-term absentee through injury in Andriy Yarmolenko have helped propel the club to the upper echelons of England’s top flight and, as promised countless times from Gold and Sullivan, represent the type of quality the fans expected to see in front of their eyes at the London Stadium.
West Ham are hardly ready for Champions League football, with Hammers fans being the first to tell you that the ‘project’ will take time at the club, but hope has well and truly been restored at the club after a vast improvement not just in signings, but the way the team is playing, and the way Pellegrini has bought the fans and team together once again. Also, alongside all of that and arguably most importantly of all, the lack of protests and anger that has blighted home games in recent times appears to be on the wane as Hammers fans see vast improvements being made. Put simply, Gold and Sullivan are delivering, but with huge help from the former Real Madrid manager.
Of course, a bad run and a sudden heap of pressure on Pellegrini is just around the corner perhaps, but his job is certainly safe for this season at least you’d think, with odds on him being the next manager to leave his post at 33/1 (Bet Victor) proving that fans are ready to give him the time he needs. Ultimately, and it certainly feels that way around the club at the moment – Pellegrini is a long-term appointment with a long-term vision. Finally, there’s a plan.
Should the board back the experienced tactician with some further funds to spend in the January Transfer Window, then odds of evens (Betfair) on West Ham finishing in the top half of the table represent a decent enough return for a side playing some exciting and slick football at times, with Anderson in particular leading the charge.
The ultimate aim is long-term stability and, perhaps most realistically, a top 6 or top 8 finish in the league next campaign, but stranger things have certainly happened in football, so a top 6 finish this season at 66/1 (bet365), although seemingly unlikely, could bring in a fantastic return should the likes of Manchester United fail to secure it and Arsenal run into a blip under Emery. Indeed, it’s 8/1 that West Ham finish top of the league in BetVictor’s betting without the ‘Big 6’ at the moment. It’s arguably worth a punt with these free bets & bonus offers, especially when you consider West Ham are just three points behind Leicester (3/1) in that race right now.
Most pleasingly of all though for West Ham fans is that the team is playing well, the friction previously around the club has subsided and the fans adore Pellegrini – a manager who has simply been a breath of fresh air since his arrival at the club. 2018 wasn’t a great year for West Ham, and things aren’t perfect yet, but there are green shoots aplenty with Pellegrini at the helm.