A well liked and key member of the team keeping players happy at West Ham United is set to leave the club.
Player care manager Hugo Scheckter is the man in charge of making sure players are well looked after off the pitch during their time at West Ham.
He is key in helping new signings settle in and providing support to their families to help them settle.
Player liaison officers are key members of any professional football club, particularly in the Premier League where new arrivals will often be from foreign countries.
Key man behind-the-scenes at West Ham set to leave – insider
Scheckter is a well liked member of the Hammers backroom staff.
But he is set to leave West Ham according to reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee.
Ex says popular Scheckter has grown frustrated at the club and his decision has ‘shocked and upset’ people.
“Player care manager Hugo Scheckter has sadly decided to leave the club,” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way podcast October 21st.
“He will be leaving in December. He has a great relationship with the players. Obviously I have a reasonably good insight into what members of staff are popular there and I can honestly say that Hugo had a really positive reputation within the playing squad and other members of staff there.
‘He got frustrated with goings on at the club’
“(He’s) a really nice guy, a good laugh and went out of his way to do his best for the players.
“Unfortunately he’s got frustrated at things going on at the club and has decided to leave which has shocked and upset a number of people.”
Earlier this month Scheckter appeared alongside West Ham skipper Mark Noble and manager David Moyes in a video explaining how new players are welcomed to the club.
The video was posted on social media by West Ham sponsors Betway and Scheckter said: “Enjoyed sitting down with Betway alongside the gaffer and Mark Noble for this snapshot into how we’ve welcomed the West Ham players in over the past few years.
“Important they feel settled and hit the ground running right away.”
Enjoyed sitting down with @betway alongside the gaffer & @Noble16Mark for this snapshot into how we’ve welcomed the @WestHam players in over the past few years. Important they feel settled and hit the ground running right away. #WHUFC https://t.co/ulhmoMr9aN
— Hugo Scheckter (@HugoScheckter) October 6, 2020
West Ham will need replacement before January transfer window
Despite most of his work going on behind the scenes, Scheckter may be recognisable to Hammers fans.
He was one of the members of backroom staff who went viral on social media for celebrating in the background of footage of Andriy Yarmolenko’s dramatic late winner in the 3-2 victory over Chelsea last season.
Quite what it is Scheckter has grown fed up with at the club we don’t know.
But it is clear he will be sorely missed when he does depart.
And West Ham will need to act quickly to get a replacement on board. Because the January transfer window will come around quick following Scheckter’s departure.