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No problems with Rush Green, insists Pelle


Filed: Wednesday, 5th September 2018
By: Staff Writer


Manuel Pellegrini says that there are no inherent problems with the facilities at West Ham United's Rush Green training ground.

Following recent reports in the media - stories referred to by West Ham's website as "misleading and unfounded" - the manager was asked to speak out in defence of the club's main complex, which is used as the base for the first team squad.

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"There are absolutely no problems with Rush Green," said Pellegrini. "It is a modern, efficient facility that enables us to do everything we need with the squad in terms of training and preparation for matches.

"The club have spent almost 10 million on training facilities over the last couple of years and that investment is set to continue. We have excellent training pitches, which mirror the exact layout, dimensions and quality of our home match pitch at London Stadium.

"Rush Green is a modern, efficient facility that enables us to do everything we need with the squad in terms of training and preparation for matches. The medical and fitness facilities are first class, and the changing areas for both the players and coaching staff are more than adequate."

Despite Pellegrini's comments, his predecessor David Moyes had criticised the facilities at Rush Green last winter when he discovered that there was no undersoil heating installed on the training ground pitches - as is commonly the case.

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West Ham moved operations from Chadwell Heath to Rush Green in 2015 after then-manager Slaven Bilic claimed that the poor condition of the pitches at the former were responsible for an unusually-high number of muscle-related injuries.

Yet despite these previously highlighted issues, Pellegrini maintained that he was happy with the facilities at his and his squad's disposal.

"I cannot comment on what happened prior to my time here," he added. "All I know is that I have had every support from the owners and directors since arriving at the club and we are all working together with the same objectives and targets.

"There are no excuses to make and my staff and players will not be making any. We have a training ground and working environment that completely covers our needs and requirements and that is all that matters.

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"The only thing I am not happy with at this present moment is our results on the pitch but I would like to assure our supporters that everyone here is working as hard as we possibly can to improve our situation. As a club, we must all stick together and focus on what is important."

Rush Green is just one of three facilities managed by the club; the Academy are housed at Chadwell Heath, the former home of the first team, whilst Little Heath is generally used by the younger Academy squads (U16s and U18s).

Tuesday's Daily Mail carried a report suggesting that West Ham's "Rush Green training ground is in desperate need of investment", adding that "last winter, [David] Moyes had to take the players into the gym as there was inadequate undersoil heating."

Meanwhile Pellegrini's position is not thought to be under any threat despite West Ham having lost their opening four Premier League matches of the season.

Earlier this week it was revealed that it would cost West Ham in the region of 15million to fire the manager, who is currently on holiday at home in Chile, and his back room team including Director of Football mario Husillos.





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