David Moyes has been busy behind the scenes at West Ham United trying to assemble his backroom team.
Alan Irvine was confirmed as one of the Scot’s assistants once again for their second spell in East London in as many years.
Last time Moyes appointed Irvine, former Hammer of the Year Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay as his assistants.
Moyes admits he may have to wait to finalise backroom team
A move for former Hammer of the Year Pearce – who played on with a broken leg for West Ham during a match against Watford at Upton Park – was blocked by West Ham’s owners over past criticism of their regime (talkSPORT).
And McKinlay is currently working under Michael O’Neill at Stoke.
Moyes says he may not finish his backroom stuff until the summer.
But he has been linked with former West Ham star Joe Cole and ex Everton hero Alan Stubbs.
Cole approach made, decision looming
A move to bring Cole back to the club had gone quiet. But now, according to Football Insider, West Ham have offered Cole a role as one of Moyes’s assistants and ‘a decision is expected to be made by the end of the week’.
And as reported by the Liverpool Echo on Tuesday, Stubbs – who famously led Hibs to a first Scottish Cup victory for 114 years – could be in place before West Ham’s crunch game against Everton this weekend.
The Hammers entertain Carlo Ancelotti’s revitalised Blues at the London Stadium.
West Ham already have one “inside man” on board in the shape of Moyes, who managed Everton for a decade.
‘Stubbs could be in before Everton’
And if Stubbs accepts West Ham’s offer they could have a second.
“Stubbs is said to be set to make a decision in the coming days over the role, and could even be in the position by next weekend, when Moyes hosts the Blues in their next Premier League fixture,” the Liverpool Echo reports.
Stubbs played 181 times for Everton and worked under Moyes while at Goodison Park.
His stock as a manager has fallen in recent years. The former defender lasted just two months at Rotheram and three months St Mirren in his last two jobs.