Pellegrini calls for cool heads and unity

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 13th November 2019

Manuel Pellegrini says that unity is key as he and his squad try to halt their alarming slide down the Premier League table.

Having taken just two points form the last available 18, the manager's tactical approach has been questioned by supporters who have urged him to correct a ship that is appearing increasingly rudderless.

But Pellegrini - who arrived at West Ham with vast experience having previously managed Real Madrid and having won a Premier League title at Manchester City - also has other concerns, with low morale an issue following the recent sequence of negative results.

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Citing goalkeeper Roberto - whose performance against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday was slated by the fanbase - Pellegrini insisted that the Spaniard needed an arm around the shoulder.

And whilst he made it clear that he expects his players to perform for the entire match - not just in fits and starts - he believes now is not the time for finger-pointing and seeking scapegoats.

"We need to work on the confidence of all the players," Pellegrini told "We need to play well as a team for 95 minutes and not just do different and important things at one point.

"We need to work together more than ever. We will have five or six players who will go to their national squads [during the international break] but this work is more than to recover individual performances.

"We must try to recover the trust [in each other] as a team, and [then] I am sure the results will come."

And Pellegrini insisted that the increased questioning of his ability to manage a club like West Ham was not concerning him at this moment in time.

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"It's a challenge to be here at West Ham," he told "Winning or losing, the pressure is exactly the same. We need to keep cool heads and continue working the way we think we should.

"After that, we will see the results."

Since beating Manchester United 2-0 at the end of September, the Hammers have lost to Crystal Palace, Everton, Newcastle Utd, Burnley and, most notable, League One Oxford Utd in the Carabao Cup.

The only points they have collected since that win back on 22 September - a total of just two - came in draws against Bournemouth and newly-promoted Sheffield Utd.

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