There are reports today in the major papers that Manuel Pellegrini has moved one step closer to becoming the new manager of West Ham.
He has now officially left Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune, and the club confirmed that on Saturday after their final league game of the season.
The Mirror are reporting that paves the way for him to become the new West Hama manager as soon as tomorrow.
Manuel Pellegrini – close to becoming new West Ham manager
His Chinese club Hebei made the announcement on social media after their 2-1 win over Chongqing Lifan, which brought their season to an end.
This is the statement issued:
“After amicable discussions with Mr. Pellegrini, we have reached a mutual agreement.”
“As of May 20, Mr. Pellegrini will no longer work as the head coach of Hebei China Fortune Football Club.”
“We sincerely thank Mr. Pellegrini for his contribution to the club and we wish him all the best for the future.”
West Ham may not have bothered to make a formal approach to Rafa Benitez at Newcastle since it seems the talks with Pellegrini and West Ham went well and moved quickly.
It will be good to have Pellegrini back in the Premier League – the 64-year-old Chilean is an excellent coach.
The other two clubs said to be interested in Rafa Benitez include Zenit St. Petersburg and Everton.
But there’s no way Rafa will move to Russia and be far away from his family – located at their family home near Liverpool.
Everton would be an excellent location for Rafa to move to.
But Mr. Benitez will never manage Everton after his heroics for Liverpool FC, whom he managed to some success from 2004 through 2010.
Rafa may even stay at Newcastle if Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley would only get their act together and try to move forward quickly.
Newcastle under Mike Ashley seem to go at a snail’s pace in everything they do – including transfers and negotiations with Rafa Benitez and his reps every summer.
Completing transfers a lot more quickly is one thing Rafa wants to change at the club.
The best of luck with that one.