West Ham sacked manager Manuel Pellegrini after a 2-1 home loss to Leicester City on Saturday, which left them 17th on 19 points, just a point above the relegation zone.
The Hammers have had an abysmal run so far in the campaign, registering only two wins in the last 14 attempts while suffering defeats in seven of the last nine league outings.
Saturday’s loss to the high-flying Foxes at the London Stadium all but sealed the fate for the 66-year old Chilean who has failed to provide enough of a return on the 100 million pound investment splashed on the likes of Felipe Anderson, Sebastien Haller, Pablo Fornals, Andriy Yarmolenko and Issa Diop.
The East Londoner’s hierarchy could not help but pull the trigger on the former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss.
“It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision. Manuel is a gentleman and it has been a real pleasure to work with someone of his calibre. However, it has become clear that a change is required to get the club back on track in line with our ambitions this season,” reads part of the statement from West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan.
The Chilean is the sixth premier league manager to lose his job this season, following the exits of Arsenal’s Unai Emery, Spur’s Mauricio Pochettino, Watford duo Javi Garcia and Quique Sanchez Flores, Everton’s Marco Silva.
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes leads the race to take over the helm at the Hammers in what would be his second spell in East London.
The Scot saved the Hammers from relegation during the 2017-18 campaign before being replaced by Pellegrini after his short-term deal expired at the end of that season and has been out of work since then.
The 56-year old was recently liked with a return to Everton to replace Marco Silva, but the Goodson Park hierarchy instead turned to Carlo Ancelotti.
West Ham welcome Bournemouth on January 1.