There is confusion in East London this evening after it was announced that the world-famous Chilean football coach Manuel Pellegrini joined West Ham as their manager on a three-year contract as he believed that they were actually Conference side Leyton Orient.
It appears that West Ham’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold took advantage of Pellegrini’s ‘basic English’ to convince him that the London Stadium in Stratford was actually Orient’s Brisbane Road.
In a press conference, Pellegrini said through an interpreter, ‘I have always dreamed of managing a team of Leyton Orient’s quality – there is simply no better club outfit in the whole of East London.’
However, while taking his first training session, it has been reported that Pellegrini first realised that something was wrong when he spotted that Andy Carroll was unable to walk more than three steps unassisted.
Our source added, ‘He took a training session, and after more than 300 shots on goal had been attempted not a single strike met the target.’
‘When the penny finally dropped, he ordered his assistant to book him a seat on the next available flight home to his native Eternia.’