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Opinion: Bring back Jack Collison to replace Stuart Pearce at West Ham after surprise departure

David Moyes should bring Jack Collison back home to West Ham to replace Stuart Pearce after his surprise departure.

West Ham fans were shocked when the club announced Pearce was leaving this week.

West Ham confirmed that Pearce had made the decision to step down from his role as first team coach under David Moyes.

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The 60-year-old leaves the Hammers after two years on Moyes’s coaching staff.

During that time he has played a key role alongside Billy McKinlay, Kevin Nolan, Paul Nevin and Xavi Valero as the Hammers enjoyed sixth and seventh place finishes in the Premier League and secured European qualification in both seasons.

No official reason has been given as yet for Pearce’s decision. But the former Hammer of the Year did state he felt the time was right to leave West Ham in pursuit of ‘other opportunities and challenges’.

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“It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision to leave West Ham United,” Pearce told the club’s official website.

Hammers co-owner David Gold then sent Pearce a parting message wishing him well.

Pearce is widely considered to be a fine coach. So his departure leaves a big hole at West Ham, particularly after Alan Irvine stepped down as Moyes’s assistant the season before for family reasons.

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Opinion: Bring back Jack Collison to replace Stuart Pearce at West Ham after surprise departure

There will undoubtedly be speculation about who might come in at West Ham to fill the void left by Pearce.

But Moyes must bring back Jack Collison to replace Pearce at West Ham after his surprise departure.

In fact the Scot really need look no further than former Hammers favourite Collison, he is simply perfect and so is the timing.

With Mark Noble leaving, getting people who know the club inside out, what it stands for and what it means to represent West Ham is vital.

Collison optiomises everything it is to be West Ham.

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And he has seriously impressed by moving to America to elevate his coaching career in MLS with Atlanta United.

Collison did his coaching badges aged just 26 as it became clear injuries may curtail a hugely promising career.

He has already proved to be a very forward thinking coach with the ideals of the West Ham way forming the basis of how he likes his teams to play.

He started out as manager of Atlanta United’s Under 17s and was quickly promoted to be the manager of the MLS side’s second team last June.

The former West Ham under-16s manager has a year under his belt and returning to the Hammers would be the next logical step for his career.

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Collison knows the academy inside out from his time as U16s boss. Many of those players are now in the U19s and West Ham’s development side and Collison would be the perfect conduit between the academy and first team for Moyes.

Nolan has thrived in a coaching role alongside Moyes and Collison knows him well from their time together as players at West Ham.

Collison will also have a firm grasp on the best MLS players and whether they could cut in the Premier League.

With Moyes reportedly targeting the likes of New York City striker Valentin Castellanos, it is another feather to Collison’s bow having the inside track on players in an ever-improving and relatively untapped league.

It is a move that makes sense for all parties, so Moyes should bring back Jack to replace Pearce at West Ham after his surprise departure.

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