West Ham United have decided against attempting to lure former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini to the London Stadium, according to a report.
The Sun has revealed that the 64-year-old was on a shortlist of potential candidates for the managerial position but that the club have changed their plans and will now look to appoint a “young and dynamic coach.”
Pelligrini, a Premier League winner while with City, is currently managing in the Chinese Super League with Hebei China Fortune.
Former Watford manager Marco Silva and Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca have been strongly linked with the role at the London Stadium and at 40 and 45-years-old respectively, both fit into that youthful requirement.
Football Insider verdict:
This is probably good news for all concerned that the Chilean manager won’t be making his way back into the Premier League as his time away from the English top-flight is unlikely to have kept him fresh which is what the Hammers need. A young and exuberant manager is someone the players will be able to relate to and while an older head may have worked well for Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace, we can’t imagine the much dourer Chilean would be able to gain a rapport with some of the bigger personalities in the side like Marko Armautovic and Andy Carroll. Silva would be a far more suitable appointment at the London Stadium and at 40 meets the requirements the Hammers are thought to be looking for in their quest for a new manager after David Moyes reportedly left the club after talks with the board on Monday.
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