Former Manchester City gaffer Manuel Pellegrini has been named as the manager of West Ham United on a three-year deal.
Pellegrini will be expected to steer the club into a safer standing in the Premier League after the London side finished 13th in the just-concluded campaign with David Moyes.
“I am delighted to welcome Manuel Pellegrini to West Ham United. He is one of the world’s most respected football coaches and we look forward to working with him,” West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan said.
“It was important that we appointed someone with knowledge and experience of the Premier League, who already has an understanding – not only of the teams and players we face – but of West Ham United and our ambitions.
“Manuel brings a reputation for attacking football and getting the best out of his players. We believe he will attract new talent to the London Stadium as well as improving the current squad.
“Above all, he is a winner, who knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level and is driven to continue that success.
“Manuel is the first West Ham United manager to have a Premier League title on his CV, and we believe that his experience, quality and proven record of taking teams forward quickly will ensure that he is successful here.”
Pellegrini won two Premier League titles and two league cups with City during his spell at the Etihad Stadium.