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Manuel Pellegrini must convince West Ham he’s not yesterday’s man | Paul Wilson


The Chilean needs to quickly start turning his disparate collection of individuals into a team to avoid more unrest

It would be premature, though only a little, to suggest that when the Premier League returns on Saturday it will find West Ham in crisis mode, yet there can be no doubting that Manuel Pellegrini needs a result at Everton. If the fifth fixture of the season seems rather early for a must-win game, Pellegrini has to at least convince fans, board and players that he knows what he is doing and is capable of turning West Ham into a viable team instead of a collection of individuals who look as if they need a word with their agent.

Alan Shearer on Match of the Day quite rightly tore into them for the listlessness of their display against Wolves and being beaten at home by a promoted side can only be a confidence-drainer for a team still looking for their first league point. Hence the importance of next Sunday’s game at Everton, who looked listless in tamely allowing Huddersfield to escape Goodison Park with a point last week.

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