West Ham boss Pellegrini 'robbed at gunpoint' during visit to Chile as police confirm shots fired

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The experienced coach was back in his homeland during the summer break and found himself targeted by a gang while out with family and friends

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has reportedly been robbed while back in his native Chile, with gunshots having been fired as the assailants fled the scene.

The 64-year-old was out with family and friends in Santiago when his party were reportedly targeted by a gang.

He was on his way to a restaurant with former player and coach Ignacio Prieto and their respective partners when reports in Chile claim the group were set upon.

Local media in the South American nation claim that Pellegrini was approached by the criminals as he got out of his car, with La Cuarta revealing that a purse was snatched before authorities arrived on the scene.

Shots were also fired, with Chilean police force official Carlos Villarroel quoted as saying by La Cuerta: "A couple of Carabineros [Chilean police officers], who were patrolling the sector, heard the cries of the victims, so went to their aid.

"When confronted by police personnel, the criminals fired several shots. No injuries were recorded, however."

A spokesman for West Ham, speaking to the BBC, added on the matter: "We are relieved to hear that Manuel and his wife were both unharmed."

Pellegrini has been quick to praise local enforcement in Santiago for acting as quickly as they did, with their “quick and courteous” response acknowledged.

Pellegrini had been looking to make the most of his summer break before returning to management in the Premier League for 2018-19.

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The man who guided Manchester City to title glory in 2014 has been handed a three-year contract at West Ham after leaving Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune.

Pellegrini has been charged with the task of overseeing a reversal in fortune for the Hammers, with another relegation battle having engulfed the club last season.

David Moyes was able to steer them to safety, but he departed the London Stadium at the end of a difficult campaign.