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  • By Charlie Stong

West Ham sack Pellegrini

West Ham have sacked manager Manuel Pellegrini after a string of poor results and performances have left them just a point clear of the relegation places.

The season started well for the Hammers but an alarming decline since late September has seen them tumbled down the table.

The Hammers have not won at home since the 2-0 Victory over Manchester United on September 22 – since then they’ve lost five and drawn one of their six games at London Stadium.

A statement from the club on Saturday night read: “West Ham United can confirm that Manuel Pellegrini has left the club with immediate effect.

“Joint chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold, along with the board and everyone at West Ham United, would like to place on record their thanks to Manuel for his service over the past 18 months.”

Mr Sullivan said: “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. We felt it was necessary to act now in order to give the new manager as much time as possible to try and achieve that goal.”

David Moyes is favourite to return to the club take over from Pellegrini.

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