Premier League: Manuel Pellegrini confident of success at West Ham


New West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini will start his spell in charge of the Hammers under quite a bit of pressure after the club spent around 100 million pounds on new players this summer. The experienced manager says he "will not fail" at West Ham and that would mean at least finishing in the top half of the table next season. The Hammers finished 13th in the Premier League last season and the season before they ended up 11th. "I hope we can build a project here. I will not fail," Pellegrini said. "I am sure that the fans will support the club because they are seeing that something is changing inside. If you are working at another club you must maybe build a project to try to improve what the club had done in years before and that is my challenge here." The Chilean manager has been in charge of huge clubs in his career, the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City.

The Hammers have signed seven players so far this summer: Felipe Anderson from Lazio for 35 million pounds, Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund for 17.5 million pounds, Issa Diop from Toulouse for 22 million pounds, Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea for 7 million pounds, Fabian Balbuena from Corinthians for an undisclosed fee, plus Ryan Fredericks and Jack Wilshere on free transfers. With these players coming in, there will surely be serious competition for places in the first eleven at West Ham next season.

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is expected to be one of the stars of Pellegrini's team, but so far his career has been plagued by injuries. "Undoubtedly he had quite a few injuries in the past," Pellegrini said about Wilshere. "But the season he played on loan at Bournemouth he played a lot of games. Last season he did not have too many injuries. We will try to keep him working in different ways to the rest of the squad. We are doing a plan with the doctor, with him, and with the physical manager. We are trying to do a different thing with him so he can be comfortable. And (he will) not try to play every game of the season because he must work in a different way."

West Ham are 5/4 at Bet365 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table next season.

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