West Ham have decided to keep the faith with Manuel Pellegrini for at least one more game, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
They claim that the title-winning manager’s position is uncertain after the 3-1 home loss against Arsenal but that he is expected to take charge of the Hammers against Southampton.
The report outlines that Pellegrini needs a win at St Mary’s in a match that could be reasonably described as a relegation six-pointer now, given West Ham’s slump.
It says that David Gold and David Sullivan are reluctant to make a managerial change during the season but the run which has brought just one Premier League win since September 22 has pushed them into this position.
TBR’s View – Pellegrini is not a manager for a relegation dogfight
Pellegrini has won trophies and managed in the Champions League but his style of management or football does not lend itself to a relegation battle.
His calm demeanour comes to be seen as inertia when the chips are down and there’s been precious little evidence that the players he has signed have improved the side or fit into his gameplan.
But do West Ham panic and turn to a David Moyes figure again? Or continue with a manager who has a long-term vision? The latter would be preferable and sensible, but when a team is on poor form, it’s easy to make a short-term call.