West Ham United fired manager Manuel Pellegrini Saturday, with immediate effect following an 18-month tenure in East London that sees the Hammers currently 17th in the Premier League at 5-10-4 on the season.
Pellegrini’s ousting came within two hours of West Ham’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of second place Leicester City Saturday afternoon.
“It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision,” Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan said. “It has become clear that 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.”
Sullivan did not immediately name a caretaker manager for the duration of the 2019-20 season.
Pellegrini came to the London Stadium in May 2018 and promptly lifted West Ham to 10th overall in the league during the 2018-19 season.
But with a run of form that has seen the Hammers lose nine of their last 12 including five at home — and with relegation looming after eight years of safety — the West Ham board felt the need to make a critical change in the dugout.
Pellegrini is the sixth manager to get the sack this season, with Arsenal replacing Unai Emery at the end of November the most recent manager change prior to the Chilean’s ousting Saturday.