Hammers new man Mark Warburton will give West Ham a massive transfer boost because he seriously knows a player.
If Stuart Pearce’s West Ham departure was something of a surprise then so too was the arrival of Warburton as his replacement.
Pearce told the club’s official website he decided “now is the right time to step away and pursue other opportunities and challenges”.
Well Warburton clearly wanted a different challenge for himself, agreeing to become David Moyes’ assistant despite – presumably – having a raft of opportunities to manage in his own right elsewhere.
Make no bones about it, the appointment of Warburton is very impressive from West Ham.
Anyone who has had the pleasure of listening to the former Rangers boss talk about the game will see very quickly this is a man who knows his football.
Warburton has managed big clubs such as the Gers, Nottingham Forest, QPR and Brentford.
He has taken charge of nearly 350 matches, winning two promotions and a succession of individual awards, and will add vast experience and know-how to Moyes’ backroom staff.
But Warburton also gives West Ham a massive transfer boost because he seriously knows a player.
The former city trader used to have a personal work turnover of £1.5-2bn per day. And the 59-year-old cites parallels between trading and football management, including teamwork, communication, competition and man management.
Mark Warburton gives West Ham a massive transfer boost because he seriously knows a player
It is highly unlikely he will be helping Moyes manage money in that kind of ball park.
But this summer West Ham do indeed have money to spend – as they must rebuild an already shallow squad that has seen a host of players leave.
The transfer window has started well for West Ham with the arrival of £30m Nayef Aguerd and the confirmation of Alphonse Areola’s permanent signing to be announced imminently.
Crucially Moyes now has someone who very much has his finger on the pulse when it comes to spotting talent.
Rangers hero and captain James Tavernier was snapped up from Wigan by Warburton for just £100,000.
He has gone on to play nearly 350 games and score 83 goals from right-back in seven years, leading Rangers to the Europa League final last season.
West Ham’s new assistant first team coach spotted the talents of Eberechi Eze at QPR and pushed him on to unleash his full talents, eventually leading to a big money move to Crystal Palace.
The Eagles beat West Ham to Eze, a player Moyes really wanted at the London Stadium.
He is the manager who spotted and signed players such as Scott Hogan, Andre Gray, Andy Halliday, Will Grigg, Alfie Mawson, Stuart Dallas and a host of others.
So often Warburton’s bargain captures ended up making millions for his clubs.
The most he has ever paid for a player is £2.5m and more often than not he has made vast profits on players.
Now he is working at West Ham, with the biggest budget he would have been involved with since his trading days, the Hammers can only hope he still has that eye for talent.
Moyes has made it clear he is willing to dip into the Championship for signings. And that is a division Warburton knows inside out.