Exclusive: Darren Bent can't believe what Pellegrini has said about West Ham
Darrent Bent has hit out at Manuel Pellegrini for pointing the finger at Roberto Jimenez for his West Ham dismissal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Premier League striker claimed it was “sour grapes” and “harsh” to lay the blame at the door of the Spanish goalkeeper.
Pellegrini told Chilean newspaper La Tercera, as quoted by the Daily Mail: “Unfortunately, we had a major injury, from the goalkeeper [Lukasz Fabianski] of four months. And the performance of the second [Roberto] was not as expected.
“He had responsibility in several goals. The team was losing confidence, the results were denied and the owners decided to change.”
Bent was unhappy at Pellegrini for not shouldering the blame.
“It is harsh. It sounds like sour grapes to me,” Bent told Football Insider. “We all know Roberto cost them goals and points but to say he was one of the main reasons is poor.
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“I do not like that at all. If you are a manager you need to take responsibility. You need to look at tactical decisions, team selection and take it on his own shoulders.”
“I do not see that. It is a combination of things that get a manager sacked, not just one. Very harsh on the player. It is wrong.”
Pellegrini’s 18-month reign came to an end in December but the appointment of David Moyes as his replacement has failed to have the desired effect in terms of results.
West Ham are 18th in the Premier League table after their match against Man City was cancelled yesterday due to the effects of Storm Ciara.