Pellegrini hammers home intention to play attacking football

New West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is hoping to sign four or five players.
New West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is hoping to sign four or five players.

LONDON • Manuel Pellegrini has promised to unleash an attacking revolution at West Ham after the Chilean was named as the Premier League club's new manager yesterday.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss left his role with Hebei China Fortune over the weekend and flew to London to seal his return to the English top flight on a three-year contract.

The Hammers opted not to keep David Moyes after his short-term contract ended following the final game of a Premier League season which saw West Ham pull away from the relegation zone and finish 13th under the Scot.

Pellegrini led City to the Premier League title in 2014, reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2016 and also won two League Cups during his three-year spell.

The 64-year-old has now set his sights on producing an entertaining team capable of exciting fans frustrated by their club's struggles in recent years.

"I hope that next season we are going to play football that will delight the fans," Pellegrini said, adding that he hopes to sign four or five players. "I always play attacking football and we must try to reach important targets in the season."

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan hailed Pellegrini's track record with City - where his team scored 151 goals in all competitions in the 2013-14 season - 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. "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."

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