West Ham chiefs are set to consult the club’s playing staff before making a decision on Manuel Pellegrini’s future, according to the Daily Mail.
The Chilean is facing increasing pressure in east London after a run of just one win in 10 Premier League matches.
It is understood that the board discussed his future at a meeting on Tuesday, and are considering making a change, but will seek the opinions of the squad before proceeding with a potential dismissal.
You can certainly see the pros and cons of this approach. On the one hand, if a manager has the dressing room on side, it could end up being more damaging than it’s worth to get rid of him at an inopportune time. That being said, there is only so long that you can put up with this kind of shocking form before an executive decision is made. The last thing that West Ham can afford to do is sleepwalk into a relegation battle. Unlike most of the other sides at the wrong end of the table, the Hammers simply cannot afford to go down this season, and given the expense they have forked out on new players over the past couple of seasons, it could well prove to be financial blow that really leaves the club on its backside. It shouldn’t come to that, but increasingly it feels as if Pellegrini is not the man to guide them to safety.