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West Ham’s upcoming fixtures give Manuel Pellegrini time to save his job

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West Ham’s upcoming fixtures give Manuel Pellegrini time to save his job

A thrashing to Manchester City has left West Ham feeling frustrated yet again as Manuel Pellegrini remains without finding a consistent run of form at his new club in east London.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The next eight fixtures could be crucial in order to decide his future as he looks to drag the Hammers up from the bottom half of the table which could threaten to turn into a relegation battle if form drops off.

In the next eight fixtures, West Ham face six of the seven teams below them, Newcastle, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Southampton and Burnley.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Fabian Balbuena of West Ham United reacts during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

In there other two fixtures in that time frame, one is against Brighton & Hove Albion, who are just one league table position and three points ahead, whilst the other is a less than intimidating game on home turf against Watford.

 

The Irons will not have a better chance to turn their season around than in this run of fixtures, but Pellegrini will have to aid his team to handle that pressure.

Failure to do so could end up costing the Chilean coach his job as West Ham’s demanding fans and owners already begin to pose questions.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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