Peacock on board as senior coach

As well as the new faces among the playing staff who began work at Chadwell Heath on Monday morning, Alan Pardew was delighted to introduce another important addition to his coaching staff.

Former Charlton Athletic assistant manager Keith Peacock, who spent more than 35 years at The Valley as a player and a coach, has joined the Hammers as a Senior Coach, and will assist the manager and Peter Grant in their day to day control of the first team squad.

Pards says: "I'm delighted that Keith has joined the coaching staff here at Upton Park. He is someone I have known for a very long time and have a huge amount of respect for - and I have no doubt of the qualities that he will provide for us.

"He brings with him a wealth of experience and many lessons learned - good and bad - during his time with Charlton in the Premiership. That, combined with his knowledge and understanding of the game, will be a big asset to us I am sure.

"I would like to welcome Keith to Upton Park and look forward to the part he will play as we continue to progress and build in the Premiership."

Keith himself adds: "I'm delighted to be teaming up with Alan here at West Ham and look forward to helping in any way I can as part of the coaching set-up.

"It goes without saying that it was a big change for me to leave Charlton after such a long time there, but I am proud of the involvement I had at The Valley, especially during the last 15 years alongside Alan Curbishley, and I am also delighted to have left the club on such amicable terms.

"Now I have a new challenge in front of me and I am very excited about the coming campaign. Knowing Alan as I do, he will be desperate to build on the success of last season, and it will be fantastic to be a part of that."

Meanwhile, former Northampton Town, Colchester United and Oxford United goalkeeper Andy Woodman has also joined the Club as an Academy Coach.

Andy, 34, who was a team-mate of Pards's at Crystal Palace in the early 90s, will assist Tony Carr with the development of our young goalkeepers after ending his playing career at Rushden & Diamonds last season.