West Ham have confirmed their new director of football, Mario Husillos.
The 59-year-old Argentine joins from Spanish side Malaga, where he worked alongside the Hammers new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The time the pair worked together was said to be the most successful in the club’s history.
The news of his three-year deal was confirmed on the West Ham Twitter page on Wednesday morning:
Welcome to West Ham United, Mario Husilloshttps://t.co/di8wYseLdf
— #ImForever (@WestHamUtd) June 13, 2018
Husillos has used his scouting network to bring players in like Javier Saviola, Paraguay centre forward Roque Santa Cruz and Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
Talking on the official West Ham site, Husillos said: “I am very excited. West Ham United is a club with huge ambition. The challenge to help deliver that ambition is what really attracted me to the role.
“I know the manager well and know he wants to deliver an exciting brand of attacking football. It will be my job to supply him with the tools to do just that.”
Football Insider verdict:
It was a dreadful season for West Ham but fans can look to put that behind them and have every right to be excited as the club owners have put in an exciting plan for the future. They’ll be delighted to hear that Pellegrini is planning exciting, attacking football. And they’ll be even more delighted that co-owner David Sullivan looks set to take more of a backseat role in the club after appointing Husillos as director of football. The fans might have had a reasonable cause for complaint last season but obviously took things too far. By the same token the club hierarchy got too many things wrong, but look to have learned from their mistakes. Hopefully both sides can come together under the Pellegrini/Husillos banner last season and let West Ham do its talking on the pitch. If the pair can bring in a few more quality signings, a European place will be the minimum ambition for the 2018/19 season.
In other West Ham transfer news, Rangers are plotting a bid to sign an enforcer exiting the London Stadium this summer.