McKinlay and Irvine join Moyes at West Ham

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NEW West Ham boss David Moyes has ap­pointed for­mer Dundee United pair Billy McKinlay and Alan Irvine as as­sis­tant man­agers along­side ex-Ham­mer Stu­art Pearce.

McKinlay has left Moyes’ for­mer club Sun­der­land where he was joint care­taker boss along­side Rob­bie Stock­dale while Irvine was long-term as­sis­tant dur­ing Moyes’ time at Ever­ton.

For­mer Eng­land de­fender Pearce made 50 ap­pear­ances for t he Ham­mers in the au­tumn of his ca­reer and said: “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to com­ing in and get­ting in­volved.

“The op­por­tu­nity to work with David Moyes, who I have re­spected greatly over the years, was a big fac­tor, as was hav­ing pre­vi­ously played for the club.

“It’s been many years since I was there for a cou­ple of sea­sons but I re­ally en­joyed my time.

“The West Ham fans were fan­tas­tic to me and I’m look­ing for­ward to com­ing back.

“It’s tough times at the mo­ment but it’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for me. I’m re­ally ex­cited by t he chal­lenge.”

The Ham­mers are third bot­tom in the Premier League, which led to Moyes re­plac­ing Slaven Bilic a week ago.

Irvine served un­der his fel­low Scot at Ever­ton and is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with him again.

“I’m de­lighted to be given this op­por­tu­nity and am re­ally look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge ahead,” he said.

“I ob­vi­ously know David well from our time to­gether at Pre­ston and Ever­ton, and it was cer­tainly a big attraction to work with him again, as was the thought of com­ing to a club like West Ham.”

United boss Cs­aba Las­zlo.

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