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Robert Snodgrass says he is relishing playing under Manuel Pellegrini

Robert Snodgrass says he is relishing playing under Manuel Pellegrini

Robert Snodgrass says he is relishing playing under manager Manuel Pellegrini, despite the club’s slow start to the season. 

Snodgrass returned to West Ham during the summer after spending last season on-loan with Aston Villa, and has already instated himself as one of the Pellegrini’s favourites, starting four of the club’s five games this season.

The Scotsman however has been unable to stop the Hammers from losing all four of their fixtures in the Premier League, a run of form that sees them sit rock bottom of the Premier League table.

But despite the poor run of results, Snodgrass says he is thoroughly enjoying life under the Argentine.

“I’m working with one of the best managers,” Snodgrass told The Herald.

“He’s won the Premier League (with Manchester City) and managed in La Liga and I can only learn from people like that. He’s been great with me, he’s always talking to me. That was the case from the off.”

After forcing his way back in at West Ham, Snodgrass has also been recalled to the Scotland squad for the first time in 11 months.

The 30-year-old is set to make his comeback for the Tartan Army against Belgium this Friday in a friendly at Hampden Park, and after, the midfielder hopes he can kick-on and help Alex McLeish’s side qualify for the European Championships in 2020.

“There’s never been any doubt about playing for Scotland,” the No11 said. “I love it and I want to play at a major tournament. You come up when you have pains and niggles, but I am always there and I always will be there. I’ll always support the boys even if I’m not involved.

“I was talking to Faddy (Scotland coach James McFadden) about it and age does creep up on everybody, but I’m playing in the Premier League, I’m playing in one of the best leagues in the world.

“So I want to bring that to the Scotland team and help the young lads coming through as well.

“I’m just glad to be here, it’s the start of a campaign and we need to get off to a good start. I’m happy to be here and let the young boys know what it means to play in these big tournaments, how much it means for the nation to qualify. We are all desperate for the one thing and that’s qualification.”