'Doesn't have a clue' - Exclusive: Darren Bent tears 'Struggling' West Ham man apart
Darren Bent has savaged West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and says he does not look like he knows how to get the club out of their slump.
The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Chilean boss looks like someone who relies on money and signing good players, rather than his management skills, to succeed in his role.
The Hammers sit 16th in the Premier League table after a run of six top-flight games without a win, four of those ending in defeat for Pellegrini and his men.
Despite seeing the South American boss win the Premier League at Manchester City, Bent says that he is still not convinced by the West Ham manager.
Bent told Football Insider: “When managers have got a lot of money and they can go and buy who they want, they can kind of be put in a situation where they look like a good manager but they’re really not.
“They’ve got all the money so they can go and buy all the best players. When you look at Pellegrini, he falls into that discussion. He won the league at Manchester City which you can never take away from him but look at the players he had, the money he had.
“He’s gone to West Ham and now he’s struggling. Pellegrini looks like he doesn’t have a clue what to do. I don’t think he does his homework on who the team’s he’s playing again, I don’t think he does the due diligence on the players he’s playing against.
“At the minute, he’s looking like: ‘Well I’ve won the Premier League and this team are lucky to have me so whatever’s going to happen is going to happen.'”
Pellegrini took the Irons to a 10th placed finish during what was his first season in charge at the London Stadium and started the current campaign with just one defeat in their opening six games.
However, they have failed to keep a clean sheet since the end of September and have conceded at least two goals in all but one of their last six matches.