Leicester’s win left The Hammers who are stuck in the relegation battle registering a fourth straight home defeat a move that saw Pellegrini sacked less than two hours after the final whistle.
West Ham’s Co-owner David Sullivan said the decision to relieve the veteran Chilean from his duties was inevitable if the team was to achieve its ambition of finishing in the top half of the table.
Describing Pellegrini as a gentleman Sullivan, however, said it was time to try to turn the club’s fortunes around, thus decision to release the Chilean.
“It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision. Manuel is a gentleman and it has been a real pleasure to work with someone of his calibre. However, it has become clear change is required to get the club back on track in line with our ambitions this season.
“We felt it was necessary to act now in order to give the new manager as much time as possible to try and achieve that goal,” said Sullivan as quoted by Sky Sports
Leicester, who are second in the English Premier League (EPL) table and had nine changes from the squad that was thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool on Boxing Day took a lead through Kelechi Iheanacho’s header in the first half after Demarai Gray’s penalty was kept off the net by Lukasz Fabianski.
The Hammers levelled through Pablo Fornals’ finish at the brink of first half but failed to utilise the level ground to carry three points.
Gray’s composed second-half finish put the last nail on the Hammer’s casket.