West Ham new manager, Manuel Pellegrini says he hopes to return the club to Europe once again as he reignites the winning mentality in the team.
West Ham signed the former Manchester City manager on a three-year contract from Chinese club, Hebei China Fortune on Monday after refusing to hand David Moyes who steered the club out of relegation in the just concluded Premier League season a contract extension.
Pellegrini will become the highest-paid manager in the club’s history. It is understood he will receive around £7m a year, although he will be taking a significant pay cut having earned around £16m a year in China.
The Chilean said, “I am excited about this project. My mentality is always to have a winning mentality and I will hope that I can repeat here what I did with all my clubs here in Europe, where I have always arrived in European competitions.
“I know that this league is very good and it’s not easy to do it, but I think that working all together with the owners, the technical staff and the fans, we have an important power and can think about reaching important targets for the season.
“I think West Ham has a very good team. I know all of the players and I saw most of the games that they played last season, so I am sure that, with the players, we have at this moment in the squad and bringing maybe another four or five players in, we are going to have a strong team.”
Pellegrini won the Premier League title twice with Manchester City in the 2013-2014 season, 2015-2016 season including two League Cup titles.
He, however, left the club at the end of his three-year contract with Pep Guardiola taking over at the Etihad for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.