On this day last year, the club announced the beginning of a new era at the club.
Manuel Pellegrini’s appointment certainly signified a statement of intent from the club’s hierarchy, who we all know have appeared to lack intent and ambition over the last decade or so.
The move to London Stadium was the beginning of that ambition, no question, but the arrival of a former Premier League winner and Real Madrid manager had most fans excited for the future.
But, a year on, are we any better off? Almost certainly.
It took Pellegrini some time to get going, which was half expected. Bringing with him a new team of coaches, a new playing philosophy and a fresh outlook on the current playing staff, success was never going to happen overnight.
He was handed £100m to spend in his first summer and he definitely spent it well, bringing in no less than 10 new faces to the first-team, most of which had a positive impact on the season that transpired.
It looked bleak, though, after he oversaw four consecutive defeats to open the new Premier League season, but there remained a sense that he would eventually get it right, and one year on the general consensus is that the only way is up.
Having finished 10th in his first season and secured famous victories over the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United, Pellegrini’s next mission is to cement West Ham in the top ten and have us fighting as a real contender for the top seven at the very least. That should be our expectation moving forward.
But before the summer transfer window gets fully underway and Pellegrini and his team begin plotting further improvements, here’s how the Chilean’s first year in charge looked in numbers…
Goals Scored: 68
Goals Conceded: 63
Points per Match: 1.42
Players Used: 29
First Win: Wimbledon 1-3 West Ham (Carabao Cup 2nd Round, 28 Aug 2018)
Biggest Win: West Ham 8-0 Macclesfield (Carabao Cup 3rd Round, 26 Sep 2018)
Biggest League Win: Watford 1-4 West Ham (12 May 2019)
Biggest Defeat: Liverpool 4-0 West Ham (12 Aug 2018)
Biggest League Defeat: Liverpool 4-0 West Ham (Premier League, 12 Aug 2018)
Best Result: Tottenham 0-1 West Ham (Premier League, 27 April 2019)
Longest Unbeaten Run: 4 (1 Dec 2018 to 15 Dec 2018)
Longest Winless Run: 5 (19 Jan 2019 to 9 Feb 2019)