There will be some new faces at West Ham United's
Chadwell Heath training ground when the players return to begin
their pre-season preparations this morning.
While new signings Scott Parker and Julien Faubert are the most
high-profile arrivals, manager Alan Curbishley has also made a
number of important additions to his coaching and backroom staff
ahead of the new campaign.
As revealed on whufc.com last week, former Leeds and Sheffield
Wednesday defender Glynn Snodin has been appointed First Team
Coach, with Kevin Keen reverting back to his previous role as
Reserve Team Coach.
There have also been changes to the medical department. Nick Davies
has arrived from Charlton Athletic as our new Head of Sports
Science, while his former colleagues at The Valley, George Cooper
and Dave Singleton, have been appointed Head of Physiotherapy and
Reserve Team Physiotherapist respectively.
Masseur Darren Page has also headed from Charlton to join the
staff, and Kit Manager Steve Rigby is already settled having
replaced the retiring Eddie Gillam at the end of last season.
A number of staff members have also departed from Upton Park this
summer, including Physiotherapist Steve Allen and Sports Scientist
Niall Clark, who have both teamed up with former manager Alan
Pardew at Charlton, Assistant Manager Keith Peacock and reserve
coach Steve Brown.
Curbs says: "I'd like to welcome our new staff members and
wish them all the best as they begin their careers at West Ham
"Obviously there is an irony in the fact that some of our new
staff members have joined us from Charlton while others have headed
in the opposite direction but, from my point of view, the only
criteria our new additions have been selected on is their ability
to do the job, and I am certain they will all prove their worth
"Our aim is to beef up all departments behind the scenes at
the Club, and this may not be the end of the changes that we