The Chilean has presided over a woeful run of form which has seen the Hammers fail to win in their past seven games in all competitions. O’Hara feels it’s a very precarious situation.
“The recruitment that they signed in the summer – I thought they recruited really well,” he said on talkSPORT [22/11; 06:11]. “I thought they signed some good players.
“All of a sudden, they started off great and now they’ve completely gone. And now I look at it like, he’s going to be feeling the strain now. That’s probably the worst fixture for Pellegrini, to have West Ham-Tottenham and then to have [Jose] Mourinho to come in. All the hype is going to be around that fixture.”
There’s no doubt that Pellegrini is under massive pressure going into Saturday’s game against Tottenham. The east London outfit haven’t tasted victory for a long old time, and now they go into an extremely difficult game with a Spurs side that will likely get the new manager bounce from Mourinho’s arrival. The Portuguese boss may not prove to be an upgrade over Mauricio Pochettino in the long run, but he undoubtedly improves teams in the short term. He’s never lost his maiden Premier League game over two spells with Chelsea and with Manchester United, and so he’ll be expecting to continue that at the London Stadium. As O’Hara says, the Hammers’ summer business looked great on face value, but it’s proved to be rather poor. Roberto has been disastrous, while Pablo Fornals has done next to nothing. Let’s hope they can get up for a London derby on Saturday, otherwise they could take a hiding.