By Guy Giles
David Moyes has confirmed Stuart Pearce and Alan Irvine as his assistant coaches at West Ham, and hopes to seal the appointment of Billy McKinlay in the coming days.
The arrival of West Ham legend Pearce has been touted ever since Moyes was confirmed as the next Hammers boss, and Irvine is an obvious appointment after his spells with Moyes at Preston North End and Everton.
McKinlay is another who has previous experience working with Moyes, acting as his assistant at both Real Sociedad and Sunderland, where the 48-year-old is currently in a caretaker role.
The news was confirmed on West Ham’s official website, and Pearce expressed his delight at returning to the club once more.
He said: “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.”
Pearce’s last managerial job came at Nottingham Forest, following a successful spell as England U21s coach.
Irvine also expressed his excitement to get going at the London Stadium under Moyes, revealing that he had turned down many job offers before finally accepting this one.
He said: “This is the sixth job I have been offered since leaving Norwich at the end of last season – some of which were very attractive – but it’s the first one that has persuaded me to accept, so I hope that says a lot about how excited I am to be here.”
Pearce has enjoyed a playing role in the Premier League with Newcastle, West Ham and Man City, while Irvine was manager of West Brom for a year.
Moyes was appointed as Hammers boss last Tuesday after the board decided to sack Slaven Bilic after a poor start to the season left the club in the Premier League bottom three.
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