Leicester ‘reserves’ condemn Hammers boss Pellegrini to sack

first_img“It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision,” said David Sullivan, the West Ham joint-chairman. “Manuel is a gentleman and it has been a real pleasure to work with someone of his calibre.“However, it has become clear that that a 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.”Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers made nine changes to the side hammered 4-0 by leaders Liverpool on Thursday, a decision that was as much a response to English football’s traditionally packed Christmas and New Year programme as it was a chastening defeat.But that did not stop his second-placed side from securing victory, with Demarai Gray — one of the new faces — scoring the winner after he had an early penalty saved by Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi.Pellegrini dropped Mark Noble to the bench following the Hammers captain’s on-field row with Angelo Ogbonna at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, while the Italian defender was not even named in the Chilean boss’s squad.West Ham’s slide down the table has coincided with Fabianksi spending three months out injured.But the Poland international made a bad start to his return, his first act of the game coming when he bundled over Kelechi Iheanacho to concede a penalty.Leicester were without star striker and regular penalty-taker Jamie Vardy, the England international missing the match as his wife Rebekah gave birth to a girl.Gray took over the spot-kick duties in Vardy’s absence responsibility only to see Fabianksi make a fine save low to the keeper’s left.The Hammers, however, did not capitalise on their reprieve and it was Leicester who went ahead five minutes before half-time when Ayoze Perez headed James Justin’s cross to the far post back to Iheanacho, who stooped to nod in from close range.The goal stung West Ham into a response and they were level before half-time, with Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson sharing a one-two with Ryan Fredericks before crossing low for Pablo Fornals to score his first Premier League goal.Leicester, however, regained the lead 11 minutes into the second half after Perez’s through-ball pierced the home defence with Gray curling a fine shot inside the near post after taking a touch.This time, however, West Ham could not muster a response and that failure cost Pellegrini his job.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dismissed – West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on during a 2-1 loss to Leicester that cost him his job © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 28 – A defeat by an under-strength Leicester City proved to be Manuel Pellegrini’s last match in charge of West Ham, with the veteran manager sacked two hours after Saturday’s 2-1 loss at the London Stadium.A fourth successive home defeat for the Hammers, who have won just twice in 14 matches, left them a point above the Premier League relegation zone, with the club subsequently announcing the 66-year-old Pellegrini had left with “immediate effect” following an 18-month spell in charge.last_img read more

60 of Homeowners Planning for Home Improvements

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Equity Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Zillow 2013-06-24 Esther Cho in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing For homeowners who are stuck in their home due to negative equity or a lack of inventory, summer home improvement projects are way to make the most out of current surroundings, according to Seattle-based “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/. [IMAGE] In a recent survey from “”Zillow Digs””:http://www.zillow.com/digs/, 60 percent of respondents said they are planning a home improvement project this summer. Out of the different age groups, younger homeowners (18-to-34-year-olds) were more likely to plan a home improvement project for the summer, with 71 percent falling into this category. [COLUMN_BREAK] On the other hand, 51 percent of homeowners aged 55 and older said they were planning a project, while 61 percent of owners aged 35 to 54 said they are making plans as well. Homeowners with children were also more like to plan a project, with 65 percent of households with children planning a summer home improvement project compared to 57 percent for households without children. The median budget for homeowners who are planning projects was $1,200, though owners with children and those 54 years of age and younger plan to spend a bit more, with a median of $1,500. Households without children and owners 55 and older plan to spend a median of $1,000Of the home improvement project, the largest share of owners who are taking on projects were focused on outdoor spaces, at 40 percent, while bathroom projects were the second most popular, at 17 percent. To get ideas for projects, online sources were the most frequently utilized, with 37 percent turning to the web for inspiration. When broken down by age group, 53 percent of younger homeowners said online sources are their main starting point for ideas. June 24, 2013 1,089 Views center_img 60% of Homeowners Planning for Home Improvements Sharelast_img read more