Date: 10th August 2018 at 3:10pm
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West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini praised the club’s board following their summer transfer activity.

The Chilean boss has been pleased with the club’s work with nine new players added to the Hammers’ squad after he was assured of funds before joining as manager.

Despite spending big, Pellegrini added that there is no added pressure to succeed at the London Stadium this season, with the club kicking off their league campaign against Liverpool.

Speaking to West Ham’s official website, Pellegrini said: “When I spoke with the owner, we agreed what the project would be for West Ham in the future.

“They wanted to invest money, as have most clubs in the Premier League, and I think we have improved the squad.

“The Board have worked very well and we have a competitive squad.”

“It’s so difficult to predict results. We will try to play in the best way to be as near the top of the table as we can, but we don’t have specific targets.

“I never knew a manager who didn’t have pressure, especially in a competitive league like the Premier League, where the pressure always exists.”

OPINION

Pellegrini’s comments will be reassuring towards the West Ham supporters. The manager has achieved Premier League success with Manchester City as the Sky Blues claimed the league title four years ago. He is truthful in his words as West Ham do not have a side with similar qualities to those that finished in the top six. However, the Chilean has been backed by the club with the players he seeks and can hopefully get the very best out of his promising new signings and begin to compete for a respectable finish in the division as well as attempting to bring a trophy back to East London at the end of the season. The Hammers’ board was faced with a lot of criticism last season but have put their money where their mouth is and delivered by breaking their transfer record twice this summer along with strengthening in every department on the pitch.