Pellegrini coy on keeping Hammers job

West Ham United

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says he cannot guarantee he will be in charge for the Crystal Palace game despite picking up a much-needed win.

The Hammers chief has been under extreme pressure following a poor run of results, and many are surprised that he has managed to keep hold of his job for this long.

A 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday has done a lot to alleviate the pressure, however Pellegrini insists his future as West Ham manager depends on retaining the trust of the club’s owners rather than results.

The Hammers picked up only a second victory in 11 Premier League fixtures to move four points clear of the relegation zone and ease mounting pressure on Pellegrini – but they remain one of the favourites in the football betting to be relegated this season.

Record signing Sebastien Haller ended his eight-game goal drought with the first-half winner at St Mary’s, while Michail Antonio had a second-half effort disallowed by VAR for handball.

West Ham now have an 11-day break before visiting Crystal Palace on Boxing Day and Pellegrini hopes he will still have a job by then.

Asked if he will be in charge at Selhurst Park, Pellegrini replied: “You never know, you never know.

“I don’t think that your job depends on whether you win or you lose, I think that it depends on the trust of the owners of the club. And I’m absolutely sure that they trust in what we do but I cannot answer that question.”

West Ham were the dominant force on the south coast and deservedly went ahead when £45million summer signing Haller scuffed home his first goal since early October in the 37th minute.

The Hammers had earlier seen a strong penalty appeal waved away by referee Martin Atkinson, before Antonio’s thunderous 52nd-minute strike was ruled out for a handball in the build-up following a review.

Haller and Antonio caused constant problems for the hosts and Pellegrini was impressed with the link-up play between his lively attacking duo.