West Ham have sacked manager Manuel Pellegrini after a 2-1 home defeat by Leicester City – their ninth loss in the past 12 games.

The Hammers’ latest defeat leaves them 17th, one point above the English Premier League relegation zone.

Pellegrini departs after 18 months in charge, having been appointed in May 2018 on a three-year deal.

West Ham entertain Bournemouth on New Year’s Day but the club are yet to announce who will take charge of the game.

Pellegrini led them to 10th last season but becomes the sixth Premier League manager to lose his job this campaign.

As well as their poor form in the league, West Ham were also knocked out of the League Cup by League One side Oxford United, losing 4-0 in September.

West Ham won 24 of their 64 matches under the Chilean, losing 29.

On a brighter note New Zealander Winston Reid returned to the Hammers match day squasd for the first time in alsmot 22 months following injury, however he didn’t get on the field today.

BBC

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