Pearce to join Moyes' West Ham coaching staff

Joann Johnston
November 14, 2017

David Moyes has assured Javier Hernandez of his importance at West Ham following his appointment as manager.

Pearce returns to the club he made 50 appearances for after 16 years alongside Alan Irvine as Moyes' assistant coaches.

Irvine was Moyes' No.2 at Everton for almost five years before he became North End boss in November 2007.

Their early-season form saw Slaven Bilic lose his job as manager, with Moyes appointed as his successor, and the former United boss has demanded a reaction from his inherited squad.

When the Canaries sacked Neil in March, Irvine took the reins as caretaker manager for the remainder of the season.

"I'm delighted to be given this opportunity and am really looking forward to the challenge ahead, Irvine told the Hammers official website".

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"This is the sixth job I have been offered since leaving Norwich at the end of last season - some of which were very attractive".

"I don't think they've got enough men, I think every player has got five per cent more to give and David Moyes has got to find that".

"The prospect of working in the Premier League, at a great club, and alongside David, meant that it was an opportunity I couldn't resist, and I hope that I can now make a positive contribution".

Pearce, who previously played for West Ham for two years from 1999 to 2001, was named as one of Moyes' assistants last weekend and the 55-year-old has backed the team to turn their fortunes around.

"It's been many years since I was there for a couple of seasons, but I really enjoyed my time". 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.

"David [Moyes] is acutely aware - as we all are - of exactly where the club are at this moment in time. I'm really excited by the challenge".

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