"Manuel Pellegrini has left the club with immediate effect," the club said on social media on Saturday. Photo: Tony O'Brien/Reuters

LONDON - West Ham United said on Saturday that manager Manuel Pellegrini had left the club, following the side's 2-1 loss to Leicester earlier in the day that left them just one place above the relegation zone.

"West Ham United can confirm that Manuel Pellegrini has left the club with immediate effect," the club said on Twitter.

The last straw for the club seemed to be the 1-2 loss to Leicester on Saturday. Photo: David Klein/Reuters

The last straw for the club seemed to be the 1-2 loss to Leicester on Saturday. 

Scotsman David Moyes is said to be the favourite to take over the west Ham United hotseat.

The club, however, has yet to announce the new coach.