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Has West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini failed this season?

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Has West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini failed this season?

Manuel Pellegrini was appointed the new West Ham manager last summer, but has his first season in charge been a failure?

After finishing 13th in the Premier League last season, Pellegrini arrived at the London Stadium as the successor to David Moyes and was a popular choice with fans.

The Chilean previously won a Premier League title in charge with Manchester City and has managed some high-profile clubs, including a stint at Real Madrid.

With just four games left in West Ham’s season, they sit 11th in the league table and have lost four of their last five league matches.

 

They look on course for a mid-table finish without any fears of relegation, but they’ve hardly taken the step forwards that some fans may have hoped for in the last year.

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West Ham really do have a squad that has the potential to be the best of the rest outside of the top six in England and force their way into European contention on a regular basis.

The likes of Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski represent brilliant summer signings, as all have improved the team and have provided some great moments.

It would be a stretch too far to say that Pellegrini has failed during his first year at West Ham and should be given another 12 months to make his mark.

But he needs to use his first season as a platform and breaking into the European spots has to be a realistic aim next year.

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