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Former Newcastle pair follow David Moyes to West Ham

3 years ago

I’m still not quite sure how David Moyes managed to get the job…but now in charge at West Ham he has been quickly recruiting his backroom staff.

Billy McKinlay has now jumped ship from Sunderland where he was acting as caretaker manager and joined up with Moyes at the Hammers.

He is one of three to have been announced, with former Newcastle pair Stuart Pearce and Alan Irvine also appointed.

Alan Irvine was first team coach under Kenny Dalglish at St James Park and then later became director of the NUFC Academy.

Irvine’s last job was acting as assistant to Alex Neil at Norwich City.

Like Irvine, Stuart Pearce also moved to Newcastle in 1997, but as a player.

He was one of a trio of veterans (along with Barnes and Rush) brought in by Dalglish and put in a decent shift despite having already turned 35.

Remarkably he the went on to join West Ham at the age of 37 and played for two seasons, before Kevin Keegan took him on for Manchester City’s promotion season of 2001/02 – Stuart Pearce playing his last ever league match three days short of his 40th birthday.

His last role in management was as boss of Nottingham Forest but was sacked in 2015.

Alan Irvine:

“I’m delighted to be given this opportunity and am really looking forward to the challenge ahead,

“I obviously know David well from our time together at Preston and Everton, and it was certainly a big attraction to work with him again, as was the thought of coming to a club like West Ham.

“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.

“The prospect of working in the Premier League, at a great club, and alongside David, meant that it was an opportunity I couldn’t resist, and I hope that I can now make a positive contribution.”

Stuart Pearce:

“I’m 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.

“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.

“It’s tough times at the moment but it’s a fantastic opportunity for me. I’m really excited by the challenge.”


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