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West Ham confirm Manuel Pellegrini as new manager

West Ham have announced the appointment of former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager.

Pellegrini, 64, flew in for talks over the weekend, and agreed terms with the Hammers hierarchy last night.

He replaces David Moyes, who was released by the club at the end of his contract following a 13th place Premier League finish.

The former Villarreal coach signed a three-year contract, and it is understood that he will become one of the highest-paid managers in the Premier League, earning roughly £10 million ($13m) per season.

Head of Recruitment as co-chairman David Sullivan throws his full weight behind the ex-Manchester City boss.

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.

“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.

“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.”

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