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Pellegrini: the first press conference


Filed: Tuesday, 24th July 2018
By: Staff Writer


Manuel Pellegrini has given his first press conference since being named as West Ham United's new manager.

The Chilean was joined at the club's coffee house by Jack Wilshere and Felipe Anderson for a (brief) press conference on Tuesday lunchtime, at which Pellegrini welcomed his new signings to the club.

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The new manager opened his conference by answering why he decided to accept the club's offer to effectively replace David Moyes, who himself had been in the running for the full time position.

"It's a challenge for me," he replied. "In the first conversation I had with David Sullivan and Karren Brady they convinced me they have a very good project and they wanted me to front it. After that conversation I decided to take the job.

"Things have gone very well so far. We had a programme for pre-season, now we have the last three weeks before the season begins and everything is going well."

And with regards to the potential for further new arrivals, and perhaps the departure of other players in and around the fringe of the first team squad, Pellegrini refused to comment on specific individuals, whilst not completely ruling out additional signings.

"Until the last day we can bring players in, we will try and build as strong a squad as we can," he replied. We are working together with the Board and will see how much money we have now, but we are working and we are building a strong squad.

"I don't want to talk about individuals. We will see what happened. If any players must go, we will find replacements for them, of course."

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And commenting on how his new players are settiling in, Pellegrini believes it could take some time for the new signings to gel as a unit. "It's difficult for me to answer how long it will take," he said.

"When you bring so many new players, you may need some time to find the best starting XI but football doesn't give you time, so we must be ready for the first game.

"We like technical players who play attractive, offensive football. We have bought players who have these qualities and now they can demonstrate in the Premier League why they have the reputations they have, like Felipe and Andriy.

"Jack is a very important player, not just because of his experience but because of his quality. He's come from a winning club and that mentality now comes to West Ham and we need to use it to come to important times."





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