West Ham United have confirmed the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as the club’s new manager.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss has signed a three-year deal to replace David Moyes at the London Stadium.
Moyes was shown the door at the end of his contract despite steering the club away from the relegation zone.
West Ham’s joint-chairman David Sullivan said: “I am delighted to welcome Manuel Pellegrini to West Ham United. He is one of the world’s most respected football coaches and we look forward to working with him.
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“It was important that we appointed someone with knowledge and experience of the Premier League, who already has an understanding – not only of the teams and players we face – but of West Ham United and our ambitions.
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“Manuel brings a reputation for attacking football and getting the best out of his players. We believe he will attract new talent to the London Stadium as well as improving the current squad.
“Above all, he is a winner, who knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level and is driven to continue that success. Manuel is the first West Ham United manager to have a Premier League title on his CV, and we believe that his experience, quality and proven record of taking teams forward quickly will ensure that he is successful here.
“We have listened to fans who asked us to be ambitious. We hope they agree it is an exciting appointment.
“Manuel will shortly announce the names of the new staff he will bring in and he will then get down to shaping the squad he wants. We all wish him the very best of luck.”
Pellegrini had been working in the Far East on a lucrative deal with Hebei China Fortune.
The Chilean coach possesses a Premier League winners medal from his time in charge of big-spending City.