Manuel Pellegrini has two games to save his job at West Ham United, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (8/12; page 64).
The Hammers find themselves two places and one point above the bottom three in the Premier League. They will move themselves up into 13th at the lowest with a win against Arsenal on Monday. But victories have been difficult to come by.
Their 1-0 triumph over Chelsea at the end of last month has proved to be their only victory since September. And with the Irons losing their first game after, Pellegrini has seemingly been told that he may have just 180 minutes of football to save his job.
According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (8/12; page 64), Pellegrini’s immediate future will depend on their next two results, with a trip to Southampton following Monday’s clash with the Gunners.
Of course, Pellegrini will know that whatever happens in the next two games, the pressure will return immediately should they endure anything like another eight-game winless run.
West Ham’s stance makes sense. With the best part of a fortnight between their games with Southampton and Crystal Palace, they have plenty of time to make a change should they feel the need to.
Arsenal are struggling for form. And the Saints are also languishing around the bottom three. It is a fantastic opportunity for Pellegrini to buy some time. But it is not surprising that the Hammers board reportedly deem the two games to be make-or-break for the Chilean.