Pearce clears air to re­join West Ham

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Stu­art Pearce has re­turned to West Ham United as a first-team coach af­ter smooth­ing his re­la­tion­ship with the club board.

The club’s for­mer full-back said the hi­er­ar­chy had blocked his re­cruit­ment at the start of the year fol­low­ing com­ments he made about Manuel Pel­le­grini as man­ager in May 2018. How­ever, man­ager David Moyes has been suc­cess­ful in his at­tempt to hire the for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional this time around.

“I’ve spo­ken di­rectly with David Sul­li­van and Kar­ren Brady and I had ex­tremely pos­i­tive con­ver­sa­tions with both of them,” Pearce said. “They were en­thu­si­as­tic about me re­turn­ing. It says a lot about them that I’m at West Ham again. I wouldn’t be back if I didn’t be­lieve in the strat­egy in place to take this great foot­ball club for­ward.”

Pearce had been part of Moyes’s back­room team dur­ing his short­term spell in charge prior to Pel­le­grini’s ar­rival. The Chilean’s ap­point­ment prompted Pearce to say at the time: “They’ve de­cided not to go down the David [Moyes] route. I was a lit­tle sur­prised by that as I saw first-hand what a good job he did in a sit­u­a­tion that could have gone ei­ther way.”

Pearce sug­gested those com­ments up­set the board, which meant Moyes brought in Paul Nevin and Kevin Nolan as coaches in­stead at the start of the year. That pair will stay on.

“I’m re­ally pleased to wel­come Stu­art back,” Moyes said. “He did a fan­tas­tic job for me in our first spell at the club to­gether.”

Pearce, who played for West Ham un­der Harry Red­knapp in 1999, added: “It’s a great op­por­tu­nity. I thor­oughly en­joyed my time at the club on both pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions and I can’t wait to get started.”

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