Pellegrini fired by Premier League struggler West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini was fired by West Ham on Saturday after 18 months in charge, paying the price for an alarming slump in the Premier League that has seen the team plunge from fourth place into a relegation battle.

The end for the 66-year-old Chilean at the Hammers came less than two hours after its 2-1 home loss to Leicester. Co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan said in a statement: “It has become clear that a change is required to get the club back on track in line with our ambitions this season.”

West Ham’s expensively assembled team has won just two of the last 14 matches – losing the last four at home – and is a point and
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