It was confirmed late on Sunday evening by West Ham United that two of David Moyes’ Assistants have been formally appointed in the form of former England U21 Manager Stuart Pearce and former Baggies Boss Alan Irvine.
The pair, who are expected to be joined by current Sunderland Caretaker Manager Billy McKinlay later in the week, took their first training alongside Moyes yesterday morning.
Although, as many as seven first-team players are currently on International Duty, while several remain injured, meaning that the team they took was a mix of Senior and Youth stars.
Upon arriving back in East London, Pearce, who made close to 50 appearances as a Hammer around the turn of the century, told WHUFC.com,
“It’s not going to be easy, no one is expecting it to be, because the stakes are very high in the Premier League, but I think with the staff here and the squad of players, we have a great chance”.
“Psycho” continued, “The main thing is to enhance the togetherness at the club. I’ve watched West Ham a lot from the outside, because it’s one of my former clubs, I probably keep a closer eye on things”.
The former tough-tackling defender has previously Managed Nottingham Forest with two short spells, a club that he also represented in his Playing Career, Manchester City, England U21s, and Great Britain’s Olympic Team for The London 2012 Olympics.
However, his compatriot Irvine is more of a stranger to the club he now founds himself at now, but not to his fellow Scotsman Moyes, with whom he worked under at Everton.
He was also a player at Goodison Park in years previous and has spent most of his recent years in various Assistant roles, only ever holding permeant positions at Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End, and West Bromwich Albion.
Both of Moyes’ new Staff clearly have vast experience in English Football, something that two of Slaven Bilic’s Assistants Nikola Jurcevic and Edin Terzic, who were dismissed with the Croat last week, distinctly lacked.
One man to survive the Bilic reign, however, was Goalkeeping Coach and former England shot-stopper Chris Woods, along with Academy Director Terry Westley, he has been assisting the new trio at the club’s Rush Green Training Ground.
In terms of the unconfirmed arrival of McKinlay, also a fellow countryman of the new gaffer, an announcement is expected by Wednesday with regards his appointment.
Despite this, one thing that isn’t so clear at the moment is which specific roles each of them will be taking within the first-team set-up, on the basis that an Assistant Manager and two First-team Coaches are going to be designated.
Something else we don’t know is whether or not, the former Manchester United Manager will appoint a Fitness Coach after the departure of specialist Miljenko Rak another vacancy available is Attacking Coach, which has been unfilled since Teddy Sheringham left in 2015.
But, one thing is for sure, David Moyes, Stuart Pearce, and Alan Irvine will all be on the bench at Vicarage Road for next Sunday’s clash with Watford, will the new era begin with three points?