Optimism around West Ham has lifted following the appointment of experienced manager Manuel Pellegrini, who succeeds David Moyes at the London Stadium.
The Hammers have endured a difficult few seasons following the departure from Upton Park and the hope is that Pellegrini can restore the feel good factor at the club, pushing the east London side back towards fighting for European football.
A major reshuffled of the coaching and playing staff is expected to go ahead this summer, led by Pellegrini, but fans have been warned not the expect miracles from a West Ham legend.
“The time to judge will be at the end of his three years – not next season.”
“The top six is so difficult to break into and Manuel Pellegrini has a lot of work to do first – strengthening a thin squad and recovering from two very difficult seasons.”
“He is clearly a man with much experience but he will need time and I hope the fans give him and his backroom team that. It won’t be a five minute job.”
“He will know the culture of this club and clearly wanted to come in and enjoy it. With his knowledge of the game he will bring in players from various places possible at better prices than one might imagine because he will have great contacts and a good network.”
“He has a reputation and I don’t believe he would have come if he didn’t believe he could do a good job but as I said, we all need to give him time to get to grips with things.”