New West Ham coach Paul Nevin has only signed a deal for the rest of the season, Football Insider has learned.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Nevin, 50, has only penned a short-term deal that is due to expire in the summer.
This leaves some leeway both for the relegation-threatened London club as well as Nevin himself.
The experienced coach, who has been part of Gareth Southgate’s set-up with the FA and England, was on Chris Hughton’s backroom staff at Brighton and Norwich City before this season.
Hughton was sacked by Brighton at the end of last season but is expected to return to management soon, although that might not now be until the summer.
Nevin could well link up with the 61-year-old again rather than extend his stay at West Ham, whose manager David Moyes is also assisted by his number two Alan Irvine as well as Nolan.
Much will depend upon Hughton’s next post as well as whether the Hammers remain in the Premier League.
The team are 18th in the Premier League table and facing a huge battle for survival after a desperate run of results stretching back to late September.
Moyes’ side showed encouraging signs in Monday’s 3-2 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, recovering from 1-0 down to go 2-1 up and playing a far more attacking style than they had done in previous matches.
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