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appoint Director of Football Mario Husillos

Mario Husillos

West Ham United are delighted to announce the appointment of Mario Husillos as the Club’s Director of Football.

The experienced and widely respected Argentinian joins the Hammers after a spell as sporting director at Malaga, where in 2012/13 he worked with the Club’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini through the most-successful period in the Spanish side’s history.

The 59-year-old used his extensive scouting network to recruit a host of established internationals, including Argentina striker Javier Saviola, Paraguay centre forward Roque Santa Cruz and Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. The South American also kept close tabs on Malaga’s Academy, with the likes of Spain forward Juanmi and Venezuela midfielder Juanpi coming through the ranks to establish themselves in the first team.

Husillos has put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

He said: “I am very excited. West Ham United is a club with huge ambition. The challenge to help deliver that ambition is what really attracted me to the role.

“I know the manager well and know he wants to deliver an exciting brand of attacking football. It will be my job to supply him with the tools to do just that.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Manuel Pellegrini again. We had great success together at Malaga, reaching the Champions League, and he is someone that I have huge respect for.

“I have seen West Ham play many times before. The fans are very passionate and close to the team, and I hope we can give them a team to be proud of next season.”

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