Kevin Phillips has claimed that it was a “no-brainer” for West Ham to bring Stuart Pearce back to the club in a coaching capacity.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, the former Sunderland hitman suggested that the ex-Hammers full-back could play a big role in helping to eradicate some of the defensive issues that plagued David Moyes’ men at times last season.
Pearce initially joined the club during the Scot’s first tenure as manager in east London, but failed to return to the Irons when Moyes did after making critical comments about the club’s current ownership.
But after holding talks with David Sullivan and Karen Brady, the ex-England international was once again announced as a member of the Irons’ coaching staff earlier this week.
And Phillips has hailed the move.
Speaking to Football Insider, when asked whether it was the right decision to offer Pearce his old job back, he said: “Yeah, definitely.
“Stuart Pearce was one of our best full-backs of all-time, so why would you not try and get someone of that calibre back to the football club? He knows it, he loves it.
“They had a tough season this year, West Ham, narrowly avoiding relegation. Defensively at times they were all over the place. It makes sense to bring in a defensive coach who knows how to defend. I’m sure he’ll do tonnes of sessions with them.
“For me, it was an obvious one. I was just surprised that he didn’t come in at the beginning. Definitely a no-brainer to bring him back to the football club.”
Pearce made 50 appearances for the Hammers over a two-year spell in the latter stages of his playing career.
As a manager, he has worked with both Manchester City and Nottingham Forest, as well as with the England international setup.
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