Pellegrini dismisses Husillos rumours

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 7th November 2019

There are no problems between West Ham and the club's Director of Football Mario Husillos.

At least that was manager Manuel Pellegrini's position when questioned on the latest rumours regarding the 60-year-old Argentinian, who was hired by West Ham in June 2018 to take on a role effectively managed previously by co-owner David Sullivan.

Pellegrini and Husillos [Pic: Getty]

A report in Wednesday's Guardian suggested that Husillos' position was under threat with senior members of the club unhappy about the performances of some of his summer signings such as goalkeeper Roberto and midfielder Pablo Fornals.

Yet Pellegrini refused to comment on what he referred to as "speculation" - and insisted that it was business as usual for both himself and the club's DoF.

"I don't talk about speculation," he said when questioned about the story in Thursday's press conference. "All the evaluation of different work must be at the end of the season.

"I know Mario very well, he is a very good sporting director and I don't think the club is unhappy with him. I've known Mario since before he came here but I don't want to talk more about that because I don't think there is a problem.

"The time to evaluate the new players that have arrived at the club is at the end of the season, not at a time when you are not winning.

"It was be the same for evaluation four games ago which would have been absolutely different. You cannot be evaluating different players each and every week - you must wait until the end of the season."

However Pellegrini admitted that everyone at the club needs to improve in order to lift the club out of the doldrums and put an end to the poor sequence of recent results.

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"If you don't know how to be self-critical when things are not going well it's because you don't know what is wrong," he added.

"When you're not winning games, you must review everything: the tactics that you play, the starting XI, the substitutes that you made during the game, the way you are working during the week... a lot of things.

"Also, you can be winning but I'll not be happy because the team is not playing well. So I think that in this profession, you must always be criticising yourself and what you are doing - and try not to be desperate when you are losing."

And despite the poor sequence of recent results that have seen West Ham fail to win since beating fellow strugglers Manchester United five matches ago, Pellegrini maintained that he could still achieve his ultimate aim - to improve the club's long-term position.

"West Ham must fight for those positions," he said. "It is easy for me to come here and say that I'm just here to avoid relegation. Maybe it was the target of West Ham a lot of years ago but I did not come here for that.

"I came here to improve the club. That's my duty, that's what I'm working for. I think that we have the players to do it - although I repeat, it's not easy.

"Maybe there are better teams in the league than West Ham but with hard work, confidence, trust and good players, I think that you can do it if you fight for every game in the way we know how to."

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