Former West Ham United assistant boss Stuart Pearce revealed the club’s unpopular owners have blocked his return to East London.

West Ham re-appointed David Moyes following Manuel Pellegrini’s sacking.

Last time Moyes was West Ham boss he had Alan Irvine, Pearce and Billy McKinlay as his assistants.

The Scot has already brought back Irvine this time around.

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Moyes wanted former Hammer of the Year Pearce but owners did not

Moyes admitted he was looking to bring back Hammers cult hero Pearce too, but cast doubt on the chances of that happening last week.

Now Pearce has revealed why. Speaking on talkSPORT Pearce said his return was blocked by unpopular owners David Sullivan and David Gold due to his criticism of them in the past.

That did not go down well with West Ham fans at all.

Supporters felt it was counter-productive hiring a manager and then refusing to back him with the staff he wants to employ.

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Fans not happy with board interference

And many said it was disrespectful and lacked class. After all Pearce is also a former Hammer of the Year who played on with a broken leg for the club in a game against Watford.


The revelation had Hammers fans wondering just what Pearce said to warrant such a hardline stance from the owners.

Here is what Pearce told talkSPORT after leaving West Ham back in 2018.

It all seems pretty timid stuff from a typically honest Pearce, who made a point of praising Gold.

We’ll let you decide whether the actions of the owners are justified or not.

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What Pearce said to upset owners

“I never met Mr Sullivan or Karren Brady in the seven months I was there,” Pearce said on talkSPORT in June 2018.

“I never met them once. If I owned a football club, or ran any organisation, I’d make it my business to welcome new faces into the football club. The working environment is the training ground.

“Unless they decided Mr Gold is going to be the face of the board, and he’s going to be the one to come in – and to be fair, he’s very, very personable, and he used to come to every game and pop into the dressing room after games.

“I can’t speak for David (Moyes), he had links with all three. But from a personal view I never met two of the three in the seven months I was there.”

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