Pearce clears air to rejoin West Ham
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.”