Pellegrini 'so happy' with fans' support

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 20th December 2018

Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that he was delighted to hear his name sung by the travelling West Ham support for the first time.

'Pellegrini's claret and blue army' was sung loud and clear last weekend as West Ham secured a fourth successive Premier League win for the first time in two years with a 2-0 win at Fulham.

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And speaking in a an interview with the Daily Telegraph this week, Pellegrini admitted that being afforded the honour left him feeling intensely proud. "I think that the fans feel that I am one of them and mot this important person," he said.

"So, I try to continue with that low profile. Of course I was so happy when the fans sung my name against Fulham, and when we were losing against Manchester City and the City fans shouted my name."

And he also revealed that he felt he was finally beginning to stamp his authority at West Ham - where he hopes to replicate the kind of success he enjoyed at Villareal and Malaga - some six months or so after agreeing to succeed caretaker manager David Moyes.

"There are a lot of things that I tried to change when I arrived here," he added. "The first thing was the mentality, to understand that this is a very big jump when you play with 60,000 fans behind you. It's not the same as playing with 25,000.

"When you manage a big team like River Plate or Madrid, they are used to winning titles. The people are happy, but they are used to it. If you win a title with a big team, it's different. It's one title more.

"When you have an achievement like I had in Villarreal, reaching the semi-final of the Champions League, finishing second in the league, it's more than winning a title. It's more.

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"It is the same with Malaga, when we reached the Champions League and then lost to Borussia Dortmund [in the quarter-final] with an offside goal. We had thousands of people waiting for us at the airport."

To read the full interview, visit the Daily Telegraph's website.

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