Some of us have seen more false West Ham dawns than they can remember while others have had their share of them or, put another way, more than enough.
The last one came in July 2017 when we reckoned the arrival of Chicharito, an England goalkeeper on loan and a vastly experienced right back had set us up for a half decent season; Wrong again! But this summer I want to believe the bubble of optimism floating around the old club is justified with the most expensive managerial appointment in our history
I am, of course, more than ready to be disappointed because that too often goes with the territory when you live your footballing life on the dark side. Often? Change that to invariably. However, Pellegrini at £8million-per-year looks like great business to me, given his ability to achieve at clubs great and small. He will need to be backed with big dough and let’s not start kidding ourselves that the board will be selecting the players.
You really don’t spend that sort of dough and then walk over such a man and it’s madness to think otherwise. My view is pretty straightforward. The fan protests from last season had a seriously big effect on our board and their response has demonstrated that. They had wanted – and tried to get – Pellegrini for many months but the intensity of the outrage demonstrated by the fans made them push harder than at any time in their ownership history
This all means that we not only have a guy with a worldwide reputation whose name will attract big players but one that loves to play attacking football. The signing of Ryan Fredericks is another big step in the right direction. All the reports are good telling us that he’s a young, athletic and very quick operator. So now all we need are a couple of central defenders of the same age and ability or better, a couple of midfielders in the same ilk plus a fit striker. The board need to back Pellegrini and allow their man to get on with things.
They have already allowed him to choose the head of recruitment and his chief scout as a big change of emphasis becomes apparent. I’m ready for that false dawn but maybe this time the sun really is about to rise.