Hammers catch Mimms

West Ham United are pleased to announce the appointment of Bobby Mimms as the Club's new goalkeeper coach.

The former Everton and Tottenham Hotspur stopper has joined the Hammers after a spell working with the Bahrain national side.

The 51-year-old is a vastly-experienced coach who spent eight years at Wolverhampton Wanderers before working under Sam Allardyce during a four-year spell at Blackburn Rovers.

Mimms has joined West Ham following the departure of Martyn Margetson.

After stints with Oldham Athletic and in the Middle East, the one-time England U21 international is relishing a return to the Barclays Premier League.

"It's a pleasure to be here," Mimms confirmed. "I got a phone call from Sam and he asked me if I would be interested to come down here and work with the goalies, and I was more than interested.

"I've just come back from Bahrain, where I was working with the national team and this opportunity came along.

"Sam is a great character who has a lot of knowledge of the game, and I learned a lot from him in the two years I worked with him at Blackburn. He obviously trusts what I do, or else he wouldn't have made the call to ask me to come here. It's great to meet up with him again and to be able to work with him.

"Things are going well at the Club at the moment, so hopefully I can add a little bit to that and we can keep it going."

Mimms held his first training session with Jussi Jaaskelainen and Adrian on Thursday and he hopes to build on the work done by his predecessor.

"I said to the goalkeepers that I'm not here to rip their game to pieces, but as we go along I hope to pick up bits that I can add to their game. With their knowledge and ability, and my knowledge, hopefully we can add to their skills and make everybody better."

Saturday sees West Ham take on one of Mimms' other former clubs, Manchester City, and he knows whoever starts in goal will face a challenge to keep the ball out of their net.

"I am looking forward to returning to the Premier League," he confirmed. "Everybody out in Bahrain was talking about the Premier League and this is the place to work.

"I was lucky enough to get this opportunity and I cannot wait for Saturday's game. Hopefully we will carry on how we've been going.

"I went to Burnley last weekend for a look and we produced a great performance and a great result, so with a home game coming up hopefully we can build on that."

As a player, Mimms played for Halifax Town and Rotherham United as a youngster before joining league champions Everton in 1985.

There, he mainly served as understudy to Neville Southall but he did start the 1986 FA Cup final defeat by Liverpool.

After a host of loan spells, the York-born stopper moved to Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent basis in 1988.

Two years later, he began a long association with Blackburn, helping Rovers to win promotion to the Premier League, and he was part of the title-winning squad in 1994/95.

After spells with a number of Football League clubs, Mimms retired in 2001, having made 552 senior appearances for 13 different clubs.

Mimms' predecessor Margetson joined the Hammers in 2011 and played a role in helping the Club regain and establish its Barclays Premier League status. The Welshman won praise from his fellow coaches and goalkeepers alike for his innovative approach and was central to the signing of Spaniard Adrian in summer 2013.

The Club would like to thank Martyn for his efforts and wish him all the best for his future career.