West Ham United’s 8-0 victory over Macclesfield Town in the Carabao Cup has the potential to truly kickstart the Manuel Pellegrini era.
The Irons were sensational against the League Two side and completely put them to the sword.
The Chilean fielded a nice blend of youth and experience. The team were simply no match for Mark Yates’ side.
Goals from Michail Antonio, Robert Snodgrass (2), Lucas Perez, Ryan Fredericks, Angelo Ogbonna and youngster Grady Diangana handed the Hammers their biggest win in any competition for 35 years.
Of course, West Ham being the Premier League team meant they were the overwhelming favourites going into the game, but there was still a professional job to be done.
Macclesfield are currently at the very bottom of the Football League.
And their showing may just have helped West Ham truly turn a corner after a tricky transition period.
Pellegrini era begins now
The nature of the result will surely fill the club and its supporters with confidence.
Nobody would have expected an 8-0 drubbing, and it’s going to do wonders for the players.
West Ham had it tough for the first month or so.
But they’ve recently beaten Everton, drawn with Chelsea and now thumped Macclesfield.
It really does signal that the transition period could perhaps be over with.
Pellegrini has had the time to get to know his players, and work with them in training.
He now has an idea of what system works the best, and who can come in to carry out his instructions.
The Macclesfield result has the potential to truly kickstart the Hammers’ season, and who knows how well they could do after such heavy summer investment.