West Ham United Club Announcement

West Ham United announced today that Managing Director Paul Aldridge has left the Club by mutual consent.

Eggert Magnusson, the incoming Chairman of the Club, said: "I wish Paul well for the future. Working closely with Terry Brown, he has done a great job over the last 10 years in keeping the Club in good shape and moving forward in often difficult times. This is a natural moment for a change and I know Paul will be a success as he takes on his new challenges."

Mr Magnusson also confirmed that following Paul Aldridge's departure he would now serve as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, supported in the senior management team on the Board by Scott Duxbury, promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer, and Nick Igoe, Finance Director. Further appointments may also be made over the coming months.

Paul Aldridge, who joined the club in 1996 and became Managing Director in 2000, said: "It was a very difficult decision to decline the opportunity to join the new board of West Ham United under the Chairmanship of Mr Magnusson. Strangely, it is exactly 10 years to the day that I joined the Club permanently after a number of years as a consultant working on the new north and south stand.

"It has been a privilege to have been part of such a wonderful time in the Club's history. There were the lows of relegation and the play off defeat against Crystal Palace. However, the good times have far outweighed the dark days. To be part of the team that gained promotion in Cardiff will be my happiest memory. Knowing that the Club would rejoin the Premier League and that the future of all the wonderful staff involved would be secure will remain with me always as my happiest moment.

"I wish Eggert and his new board the very best of luck, I am very confident that the Club is in very good hands and that the future for all involved in the club is extremely exciting. He is a very lucky man to be taking the helm of such a wonderful institution. The Club is in fantastic shape on and off the pitch and I am very proud to leave with West Ham United in such a strong position.

"I am really looking forward to getting re-acquainted with my family again, but of course will always look for our result first on a Saturday. I hope to stay involved in football but will certainly take a break before deciding what to do in the future."