West Ham United 1-2 Leicester City – Reaction
OUTGOING West Ham United manager, Manuel Pellegrini, was clearly uncertain of his future soon after his relegation-haunted side had been beaten by Leicester City at the London Stadium.
Goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Demari Gray condemned the Hammers to their eleventh Premier League defeat of the campaign, leaving them hanging precariously above the dropzone ahead of Wednesday’s huge six-pointer with fellow-strugglers, AFC Bournemouth.
“I cannot answer that question,” the Chilean explained when quizzed as to whether he expected to be given time to turn the situation around.
“I hope that this team will recover the performances we had at the beginning of the season.
“We need to win our home games. Away from home we are not doing bad and have points but our home games, just one point from 18 makes it more difficult.”
Indeed, West ham have been beaten six times in front of their own supporters this season and Pellegrini admitted confidence was low amongst his dishevelled squad: “Without any doubt, I don’t think these performances are what the players expect from themselves,” he added.
“The only way to do ti try to convince them to continue with one clear idea and not make too many changes and in the way we have results, at home, the players will recover.”
Pellegrini appeared agitated when again asked whether he would be in charge for the Bournemouth game: “I already answered this question and I said I cannot answer it – It does not depend on me.
“I must continue working – We need to find a way to recover our trust and win our next game.”
Unfortunately for the Chilean, that responsibility now lies elsewhere, with former boss, David Moyes along with Chris Hughton amongst the names currently being linked with the position