The Hammers slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Wolves on Wednesday evening, and while Thomas claims that the Chilean still has support from the board, he has suggested that time could be running out.
Writing in a Q&A for the Athletic, the reporter said: “He still retains the backing of the board, but if West Ham lose their next two games I struggle to see how it wouldn’t result in Pellegrini losing his job.
“Dream appointment would be Carlo Ancelotti!
“But realistically I reckon the likes of Lee Bowyer, Eddie Howe and Chris Wilder would be frontrunners for the job.”
It’s hard to see how Pellegrini can turn this one around now. Thomas says that Pellegrini has two games to save his job, meaning that he has to get results against Arsenal at home and Southampton away. At the present moment, you honestly wouldn’t bet on them getting anything positive out of either of those games. Saturday’s win over Chelsea was a welcome respite from the doom and gloom that has encircled East London in recent weeks, but given the lacklustre display put on on Wednesday evening, that result looks more like a fluke than a turning of the tides. The only thing that might save Pellegrini is an uncertainty over who would come in to replace him. The last thing the Hammers can afford to do is jump without a parachute, and that could allow him to hang on just long enough to turn things around slightly. Right now though, things look bad.