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10th Sep 2018

Manuel Pellegrini gets dreaded vote of confidence from Karren Brady

The West Ham boss has not picked up a single point this season after four Premier League matches this season but Brady insists the club have faith in him

Reuben Pinder

West Ham have lost all four games so far this season

Manuel Pellegrini has received a vote of confidence from West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady, who has said “complete faith that things will soon start to turn our way. The most important thing is to stick together.”

West Ham are without a point after their first four games of the season, and have a goal difference of -8. But despite being rooted to the bottom of the table, Brady was keen to reiterate that the club will be sticking by the Chilean manager in a bid to avoid a repeat of last season’s chaos.

“Having decided we did not want to go through another season like the last one, the board took action,” Brady told The Sun.

“We appointed a manager with the most successful career we have ever had in Manuel Pelligrini and spent over £100m on players he wanted that we all thought would improve the team considerably.

“It hasn’t happened yet but I have complete faith that things will soon start to turn our way. The most important thing is to stick together.

“It takes time for a new team to gel, but gel they will and anyway targeting the manager or certain players will help no-one.

“As a club, we will stand by them all, confident that they have the makings of an excellent side.

“They need the encouragement of the many people, like the supporters and the chairmen who love this club.”

Brady is right to highlight Pellegrini’s summer spending, and the need to allow a team to gel before casting full judgement, but there are huge flaws in the squad in spite of how much investment the club made this summer.

Frank de Boer was sacked by Crystal Palace last season after four games, having lost all four without scoring. But, unlike Pellgrini, he didn’t have a Premier League on his CV.

Brady has brought out the standard line for a club in crisis this early in the season, but don’t be surprised to see him gone in the next few weeks if results do not improve.