West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has been walking a tightrope for some time now.
The Hammers have been exceptionally poor at times this season, and the Chilean has taken the brunt of the flak for their poor output.
Decent results against Chelsea and Southampton managed to stave off the threat of dismissal for a while longer than might otherwise have been the case, but after another loss to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, it would appear that Pellegrini is running out of time.
According to a report from Claret & Hugh, the manager will face a “D-Day” style situation against Bournemouth on New Year’s Day if he cannot pick up a win against high-flying Leicester City on Saturday.
Sadly, that seems unlikely, and as a result, it could well be that Pellegrini faces a make or break clash with the Cherries, where he will have one game to save his job.
If we’re being honest, at this present moment in time, you wouldn’t bet on him pulling it off.
Interestingly, it was a draw with Bournemouth that kickstarted the Hammers’ abysmal run of form this season, and it’s felt like the whole campaign has been in a constant tailspin ever since.
Even when things look as if they might be shuffling in the right direction, as the did with that win over Southampton before Christmas, they come crashing back down to earth with a bang almost immediately after, like they did against Palace on Thursday.
The Hammers had a pass completion rate of just 73% at Selhurst Park, as per Sky Sports, and if they’re not even doing the fundamentals right, you’ve got to ask yourself, what chance does Pellegrini really have of staying in the dugout?