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Moyes confirms new back room team


Filed: Monday, 13th November 2017
By: Staff Writer


David Moyes has confirmed the appointment of Alan Irvine and Stuart Pearce as his new assistants.

And a third member of Moyes new team is expected to be announced imminently, after it was confirmed that Sunderland's caretaker manager Billy McKinlay has vacated his post at the Stadium of Light.

Irvine, 59, worked alongside Moyes at his first two roles in management, at Preston North End and then Everton. He has also held several management positions of his own, including roles Sheffield Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich.

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Meanwhile Pearce, who was voted KUMB Player of the Year by our readers in 2000/01 returns to the club some 16 years after making the last of 50 appearances for West Ham.

ďIím delighted to be given this opportunity and am really looking forward to the challenge ahead," said Irvine. "I know David well from our time together at Preston and Everton and it was a big attraction to work with him again, as was the thought of coming to a club like West Ham.

ďThis is the sixth job I have been offered since leaving Norwich at the end of last season, some of which were very attractive, but itís the first one that has persuaded me to accept so I hope that says a lot about how excited I am to be here.

"The prospect of working in the Premier League, at a great club, and alongside David, meant that it was an opportunity I couldnít resist, and I hope that I can now make a positive contribution."

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And Pearce added: "Iím 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.

"Itís 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 Iím looking forward to coming back. Itís tough times at the moment but itís a fantastic opportunity for me. Iím really excited by the challenge."

Meanwhile Sunderland have released a statement confirming the departure of McKinley. "Sunderland AFC can confirm that Billy McKinlay has taken up a coaching role with West Ham United," it read. "The club would like to thank Billy for his efforts during his time on Wearside."





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