West Ham United have sacked manager Manuel Pellegrini after their home defeat to Leicester .

Pellegrini departs after 18 months in charge, having been appointed in May 2018 on a three-year deal.

“It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision,” said joint-chairman David Sullivan.

“It has become clear 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.”