Academy appoint two top coaches

West Ham United have added highly-rated Liam Manning and Peter Trevivian to the Academy backroom staff
West Ham United are delighted to announce that highly-rated coaches Liam Manning and Peter Trevivian have joined the Club’s Academy. 

Manning will work closely with Terry Westley as Assistant Academy Manager in the day to day running of the Development Squad, as well as on a wider basis overseeing all areas of the Academy

The 30-year-old’s appointment sees him join forces with Westley, having worked under the Academy Manager and Head of Coaching and Player Development at Ipswich Town.

Speaking about his delight at joining the Hammers, Manning said: “It’s terrific, a great opportunity to progress and move forward at such a prestigious club, one that is on the way up. 

“I got a phone call off Terry over the summer and we had a discussion about the type of role he was looking to appoint. He explained the programme he has got going here at the Academy and it all carried on from there.”

A promising player himself as a youngster, Manning came through the ranks at Ipswich before stints at Dagenham & Redbridge and Bishops Stortford. 

Having decided to turn his hand to coaching following the end of his playing career, Manning returned to Ipswich, where he spent nine years honing his craft before making the move to east London. 

Manning continued: “I feel like I’ve settled in very well, there are a lot of very good people at the Academy and the Club who have treated me really well. That’s been very helpful for me and it’s an exciting time with so many promising players coming through.

“Having seen the standard now at U21 level for a while, we have some of the best players around. Slaven Bilic has shown on several occasions that he is willing to give them opportunities in the first team, which is very important.” 

While he has certainly enjoyed his time at the Academy of Football so far, Manning stressed the importance of man-management when developing promising youngsters into professional footballers. 

“I like to get to know players on a personal level, I think it’s very important to understand what makes them tick and to understand their family background, how they operate. I think it’s important to produce good people as well as good players. 

“Having played for several local clubs, I’d like to think I have a good knowledge of the immediate area, there’s a lot of competition in London and Essex which is great. 

“If you look at the clubs around us, Southampton and Tottenham have bought some very good players through recently. We’re just starting to do that; Reece Oxford against Arsenal and then the youthful bench we had away at Liverpool are all good signs.” 

Trevivian is a vastly experienced coach who has previously worked at Ipswich, Watford and Southend United.

Most recently, Trevivian worked as a Youth Coach Educator for the Football Association and he joins the Hammers as Head of Academy Player Development.

The Cornwall-born coach worked under former West Ham manager John Lyall at Ipswich as an Academy coach before moving to Watford in 2002. There, he served as Academy Director under Gianluca Vialli.

He later joined Southend, where he was assistant manager to Steve Tilson and also headed up the Shrimpers’ successful youth setup.

Speaking about the exciting addition of the two new members of staff, Westley enthused: “It’s another message of our intent that we’ve been able to attract two very high calibre, highly sought after coaches.

At West Ham United, we have a history of producing good footballers but also good coaches and staff, and we’re trying to continue that now. 

“Liam Manning comes from good stock, there were a lot of other clubs that were trying to get him, so we’re delighted that he is at the Club. He is very diligent and hardworking, very open minded and popular with the players and the staff. 

“He wants to work with all ages which is nice to see, he’ll give the U13s the same amount of focus and concentration as the U21s which is very good. It’s fantastic that he is with us.

“We are also delighted to announce that Peter Trevivian has come on board too. The FA didn’t want him to leave which gives you an idea of how good he is. He’s vastly experienced in the development of players; he’s been a manager and assistant manager himself, a coach and an educator

“He’ll give us a calm head, years of experience and he’s a really great asset to bring to the Club. He’ll be in charge of the development of individual plans for players. He’ll really focus on what each player needs individually to push on to make that next big step. 

“They are both two very, very good additions for the Academy and the Club as a whole.”