West Ham United’s director of football Mario Husillos could lose his job over the team’s recent slump in form, according to The Guardian.
The newspaper claims that the Argentinian’s work in the transfer market this summer has come under fire, with the likes of Pablo Fornals and Roberto failing to find form.
While manager Manuel Pellegrini is in no immediate danger of losing his job, Husillos could. Indeed, even if he stays on he faces a fight to retain responsibility over signings come the January transfer window.
The report states that the club’s owners never wanted to appoint Husillos in 2018, favouring Eduardo Macià instead, but David Gold and David Sullivan appointed the former on Pellegrini’s recommendation.
This is interesting stuff, isn’t it? The truth is that Husillos’ summer business is beginning to look more and more suspect. Goalkeeper Adrian was allowed to leave, with Roberto replacing him, and we’ve seen the contrasting form of those two men this season. He also got rid of four attackers in Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez, but only brought in two (Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti). Out of the club’s summer signings, only Haller looks like a success at this point, and even he is starting to struggle. David Martin hasn’t played, while Roberto, Fornals and Ajeti have all struggled to make an impact. You might think it unfair that Husillos is at risk of losing his job but not Pellegrini, but the fact is that the Hammers have committed themselves to the Chilean and it would cost a whole heap of cash to dismiss him. So with them searching for a fall guy for their current plight, they’ve landed on the Argentine.