In the latest West Ham news, new manager Manuel Pellegrini has vowed to play attacking football and is hoping to lead the club into European competition.
The Hammers, who are priced at 4/1 to be relegated in 2018-19 with William Hill, have been searching for a new manager since parting company with David Moyes at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
West Ham’s owners promised urgency in finding a successor for Moyes and they confirmed Pellegrini’s arrival on Tuesday.
Pellegrini, who has signed a three-year contract, left his post with Chinese side Hebei China Fortune over the weekend, having reportedly taken a pay-cut to head back to England, and he arrives with proven Premier League experience having guided Manchester City to the league title in 2013-14.
The former Real Madrid boss insists he will set his side out to attack in the hope that they can fight for a place in Europe.
Pellegrini said: “I think that West Ham had a difficult season last season and I hope that next season we are going to play football that will delight the fans. I always play attacking football and we must try to reach important targets in the season.
“I am excited about this project. My mentality is always to have a winning mentality and I will hope that I can repeat here what I did with all my clubs here in Europe, where I have always arrived in European competition.”
The 64-year-old admits that he will need to add “four or five” fresh faces over the summer but he firmly believes he has a decent squad to work with.
He added: “I am sure that, with the players we have in this moment in the squad, and bringing maybe another four or five in, we are going to have a strong team.”