By Laura O'Leary

6th Nov, 2017 | 4:03pm

Former Hammer to make shock return to West Ham – report

By Laura O’Leary

Stuart Pearce is to be named assistant manager of West Ham under David Moyes according to a report.

The Sun reports that the former West Ham player will be appointed as Moyes’ number two following the sacking of Slaven Bilic.

Phil Neville had been linked with the position but the report claims these claims were wide of the mark, and Pearce with take a shock spot as Moyes’ deputy.

Pearce played 45 times for the Hammers, scoring two goals and registering one assist during his two-year spell at the club.

The former England international joined West Ham in 1999 from Newcastle United and left in 2001 to join Manchester City.

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The former defender then hung up his boots in 2002 at Manchester City and remained there as coach under Kevin Keegan.

The 55-year-old went on to managed the England U-21s and took charge of the Great British team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Pearce then returned to domestic football taking over as manager, of his former club, Nottingham Forest in July 2014.

Despite a promising start, Pearce did not last long in the role and left Forest in February 2015.

The former Hammer has not held a coaching or football management role since leaving the Nottingham Forest post.

According to reports, David Moyes is expected to be named the new West Ham manager within 24 hours.

The Hammers currently sit in the relegation zone after only achieving nine points from their first 11 games.

In other West Ham news, Steven Gerrard has slammed the club’s fans after their 4-1 loss to Liverpool.

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