The West Ham board will hold crunch talks today to discuss the position of Manuel Pellegrini, Football Insider has learned.
The Chilean, 66, is fighting for his job after overseeing a dramatic slump in results that has led to growing fears the club could get sucked into a relegation battle.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the board are meeting today to assess Pellegrini’s situation after Saturday’s lame 3-2 defeat to Tottenham.
The Hammers hierarchy, including co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, are well aware of growing frustrations among fans about Pellegrini.
But there is no sense, the source explained, of the board being ready to pull the trigger on the manager hired in the summer of 2018 on a three-year contract worth £10million-a-year.
The cost of replacing Pellegrini and his expensively-assembled backroom staff is one factor preventing the board from dismissing him.
Club chiefs also believe he deserves more time to turn around the fortunes of a team who had begun the season brightly and were third in the league after demolishing Manchester United in September.
They recognise the injury to last season’s Hammer of the Year Lukasz Fabianski has been a huge factor in the team’s swift decline.
His replacement Roberto Jimenez has been woeful and contributed to a lack of confidence of those playing in front of him.
West Ham are 16th in the Premier League table after losing five of their last six matches in the competition, just three points above the relegation zone.