West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has made it clear who to blame if the club’s summer signings flop.
The Hammers have started life under Manuel Pellegrini is disastrous fashion.
Four defeats from the opening four league games have offered little hope of a bright new era under the Chilean.
West Ham are bottom of the fledgling Premier League table and the only club in England with zero points.
Pellegrini has been made second favourite for the sack, read more.
And the dark clouds of doom and gloom are gathering above the London Stadium again.
That’s despite embarking on the second biggest transfer spend in the Premier League and fourth biggest in Europe’s top five leagues over the summer.
Brady puts her head above the parapet again
The world and its wife has been having their say on West Ham over the international break.
Everything from Pellegrini being tactically naive and out of touch, the owners, the stadium and recruitment has been blamed.
Many pundits like Craig Bellamy believe Pellegrini was not responsible for signing the players.
The former Hammer suggests the owners are still having an input, despite the appointment of director of football Mario Husillos, read more.
But vice-chairman Karren Brady has made it clear in The Sun who will be to blame if West Ham’s glut of summer signings do turn out to be flops.
‘Spent over £100 million on players HE wanted’
“Having decided we did not want to go through another season like the last one, the board took action,” Brady told Sun Sport.
“We appointed a manager with the most successful career we have ever had in Manuel Pelligrini and spent over £100million on players he wanted that we all thought would improve the team considerably.”
Brady is an unpopular figure among West Ham fans.
The majority feel she is too outspoken about the club’s business in public.
In fairness to Brady she probably felt she was doing right by publicly backing the manager in this instance.
But her comments also add pressure by clearly indicating the club signed the players Pellegrini wanted.
Win-win for owners in terms of blame game
Cynics will argue Brady knows exactly what she is doing, distancing the board from a bad situation.
And in some ways it is win-win for owners David Sullivan and David Gold in terms of the blame game.
If Pellegrini does turn things around they can argue they made the right decisions in the summer.
Should he fail, though, they can say they did what the fans asked and backed the manager too.
The reality is that West Ham fans won’t care if the former Man City boss gets them playing a winning and eventually attractive brand of football.