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Pellegrini is calm over fans' unrest

 

By Andy Sims

Manuel Pellegrini insists he has no concerns about the off-field tension which boiled over at West Ham last season.

Fans frustrated by poor performances and angry at the move from Upton Park to the London Stadium invaded the pitch and demonstrated against the board during the Hammers' 3-0 home defeat to Burnley in March.

Owners David Sullivan and David Gold have gone some way to appeasing those fans by shelling out almost £100m on seven new players this summer.

And Pellegrini, who will be taking charge of the 14th club of his career, says he will not shy away from the challenge.

"I know what happened with the Burnley game. But I have never been afraid of anything," said the 64-year-old. "I hope we can build a project. I will not fail.

"I am sure the fans will support the club because they are seeing that something is changing inside.

"If you are working at another club you must maybe build a project to try to improve what the club had done in years before and that is my challenge here."

Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko are West Ham's marquee signings but Pellegrini faces another challenge in trying to keep another new arrival, Jack Wilshere, fit.

The 26-year-old, who left Arsenal in the summer, has been plagued by injuries throughout his career.

"He had quite a few injuries in the past," added Pellegrini. "But the season on loan at Bournemouth, he played a lot. Last season he did not have too many injuries. We will try to keep him working in different ways.

"We are trying to do a different thing with him so he can be comfortable. And (he will) not try to play every game because he must work in a different way."

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