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Manuel Pellegrini hired by Real Betis

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Manuel Pellegrini is back in a Spanish manager’s chair.

The ex-Man City and West Ham man has been hired by Real Betis, returning to La Liga for the first time since 2013 when he left Malaga.

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Pellegrini, 66, has won silverware in five countries including England with a Premier League title with Man City in 2013-14 as well as two League Cups.

The Chilean has also won the Copa Chile with Universidad Catolica, Ecuador’s Serie A with LDU Quito, two trophies with Argentina’s San Lorenzo and another with River Plate, plus the Intertoto Cup with La Liga’s Villarreal.

Pellegrini has also led Real Madrid, where he won 75 percent of his matches, and Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune.

His last stint, with West Ham, did not prove fruitful but the side has not been much better under David Moyes.

The veteran manager will again be tasked with an underachieving side in Betis. Sitting 13th this season after a 10th place season in 2018-19, Betis expects a top-half side after gaining promotion back to the top flight for the 2015-16 season.

Betis has two matches left this season, home to Alaves and away to Real Valladolid. Those lower-half sides give Pellegrini a chance to start his stint in style.

We’ll be pulling for Pellegrini, a class act who had very little luck with a clearly murky West Ham atmosphere.

West Ham United brings back Moyes to replace Pellegrini

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The reports are true: West Ham United is going to a familiar name in a bid to save its Premier League status.

The Irons have appointed David Moyes to fill the shoes of Manuel Pellegrini, who was fired Saturday after a 2-1 loss to Leicester City.

West Ham is one point above the Bottom Three, with a match-in-hand on all of its relegation rivals.

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It’s an 18-month deal for Moyes, who returns to West Ham after a year-and-a-half outside management. He’s a three-time PFA Manager of the Year (2003, 2005, 2009), and led Preston to promotion in 2000.

Here are all of Moyes’ words from a release at

“It’s fabulous to be back,” said Moyes. “It feels great to be home. I’ve missed being here because I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed being around the stadium and I loved being in this part of the world and I missed the Club, so I can’t wait to get started.

“I’m feeling very proud that I’m back here at West Ham. But I think more importantly I’ll be looking to see what I can do and what I can make improvements to, how we can get some wins with the players and how we can get some quick wins on the field as well.

“I do believe that the squad of players I’ve got here is a better squad of players than when I took over before, so I am looking forward to working with them.”

“I think there’s got to be a short-term goal for us just now to get the wins to get us away from the wrong end of the league and what we’re going to do over the next six months, then what we’re going to do over the next period as well. The start is really focusing on the immediate games.”

The 56-year-old Moyes is best known for his 11-year run as Everton boss, which was preceded by four seasons with Preston North End. He then underwent a tumultuous run as Sir Alex Ferguson‘s hand-picked replacement at Manchester United before short stints with Real Sociedad, Sunderland, and the Irons.

Moyes has been out of work since his first stint as West Ham manager, when he took over for Slaven Bilic on a six-month contract.

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West Ham begins 2020 with a visit from 16th-place Bournemouth on Wednesday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold).

Report: Moyes to replace Pellegrini at West Ham

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David Moyes is not only the frontrunner to replace Manuel Pellegrini as West Ham United manager, but the former Everton, Manchester United and — yes — West Ham boss is expected to be appointed in very short order, according to a report from Sky Sports.

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Pellegrini was fired by the Hammers on Saturday, with the preseason top-six hopefuls languishing all the way down in 17th place in the Premier League. Following a strong start to the season, West Ham won just two of their next 13 games (2W-2D-9L), spelling the end of the road for Pellegrini.

Moyes has been out of work since his first stint as West Ham manager, when he took over for Slaven Bilic on a six-month contract. That deal expired in May 2018 and Moyes left the club. He was replaced by Pellegrini, who last a season and a half at the London Stadium.

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With 19 of 38 games played, West Ham (19 points) sit just a point outside the relegation zone. They’ll begin 2020 with a visit from 16th-place Bournemouth on Wednesday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold).

West Ham United parts ways with Manuel Pellegrini

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West Ham United announced that manager Manuel Pellegrini left the club following Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City.

The Irons are mired in a relegation fight, sitting just one point clear of the Bottom Three more than halfway through the season.

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There were high hopes that Pellegrini and lively attackers Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson could drive the Irons into the Top Seven conversation.

Yet disappointment after disappointment and regression from their defenders has West Ham well off the pace on a wide open table.

“It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision. Manuel is a gentleman and it has been a real pleasure to work with someone of his calibre. However, it has become clear that that a change is required to get the Club back on track in line with our ambitions this season. We felt it was necessary to act now in order to give the new manager as much time as possible to try and achieve that goal.”

The Irons next face a relegation six-pointer against Bournemouth before meeting Sheffield United, and the club simply couldn’t just hope things would sort themselves out.

Pellegrini won the Premier League and two League Cups with Man City, but couldn’t find a winning route at West Ham. He’s won silverware in England, Spain, Chile, Ecuador, and Argentina.

What’s next for West Ham? Like Everton, the club needs new blood and not a stale rehire. Will the Irons faithful get that?

Report: Pellegrini’s future at West Ham in jeopardy with Moyes as favorite replacement

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Manuel Pellegrini‘s time in London is running out.

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The Irons, who have won two out of their last 12 matches, are considering dismissing 66-year-old Pellegrini and replacing him with David Moyes, according to a report from The Telegraph. Depending on the result against second-place Leicester City on Saturday at London Stadium, West Ham can fall to the drop zone for the first time this season. West Ham will host Bournemouth just three days later on Wednesday.

Having not won at home since late September against Manchester United, Pellegrini’s future may be decided within the next five days.

“We need to improve because we lost too many points at home – I think it’s just one in the last five games,” the Chilean manager said ahead of Saturday’s match. “We now have to play two games in a row and we hope that we can start by beating Leicester. We know it’s a difficult game against a good team but I think that our team at the moment is not playing bad, but we must be more concentrated on defending.”

West Ham officials are keen on brining an English manager onboard if they were to lay off Pellegrini, per the report. It is understood that senior figures at the club have Burnley’s Sean Dyche, Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder, and former Brighton manager Chris Hughton on the shortlist, although Moyes leads as the heavy favorite.

Moyes, 56, was reportedly first in line for the Everton job before Carlo Ancelotti expressed his interest to take the helm at Goodison Park.

In November of 2017, Moyes was appointed manager of a then relegation-bound West Ham on a six-month deal, succeeding Slaven Bilic. Within his short-term stint, the Scot managed to finished in the 13th position with the Irons, winning eight out of 28 matches. He officially left the Irons three days after his contract terminated in May of 2018 and has yet to manage since.

On Thursday, West Ham dropped three points to Crystal Palace after a last-minute wondergoal from Jordan Ayew, marking a third loss for the Irons in their last five matches.

West ham are currently in the 17th position on the table – a point behind Aston Villa – with 19 points, despite being as high as fifth earlier this season.