Stuart Pearce to join Kevin Nolan and Paul Nevin in David Moyes’ backroom staff
West Ham United is pleased to confirm that Stuart Pearce has returned to the Club as a First Team Coach and will work alongside Kevin Nolan and Paul Nevin, who have also signed new contracts after their excellent work in helping to secure the Hammers’ Premier League status last season.
The legendary former Hammers and England international defender will team up with manager David Moyes and Alan Irvine again, having worked with them during his first spell at London Stadium in the 2017/18 season.
I wouldn’t be back if I didn’t believe in the strategy the Club, Board and the manager have put in place, to take this great football club forward
Manager Moyes said: “I’m really pleased to welcome Stuart back to West Ham United. He did a fantastic job for me in our first spell at the Club together. Stuart is a highly-respected figure throughout the game, who will bring another dimension to the coaching set-up here.
“I believe he will complement Kevin and Paul really well – both of whom have been brilliant support for me alongside Alan Irvine of course – and will help us get the very best out of the players.
“He will start immediately and I’ve no doubt he will be a great asset to us on the training pitch and in the dressing room next season.”
After playing non-league football with Wealdstone until the age of 21, Pearce went on to win 78 England caps during a glittering playing career which saw him win two League Cups during a lengthy spell at Nottingham Forest, along with appearing for England at three major championships.
Pearce said: “I’m delighted to be back. It’s a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to working with David and Alan, the staff and the players as we aim to build on a positive end to last season for the Club’s supporters who, of course, I know very well with this being my third spell at Hammers.
“I've spoken directly with David Sullivan and Karren Brady and I had extremely positive conversations with both of them – they were enthusiastic about me returning. It says a lot about them that I’m at West Ham again. I wouldn’t be back if I didn’t believe in the strategy the Club, Board and the manager have put in place, to take this great football club forward. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Club on both previous occasions and I can’t wait to get started again.”
Pearce first arrived at the Boleyn Ground under Harry Redknapp in 1999, winning the Hammer of the Year award at the end of his second and final season in east London.
He ended his playing days at Manchester City at the age of 40 in 2002 and, after coaching under Kevin Keegan, began his managerial career at the same club in 2005.
A successful seven-year period in charge of England's Under-21s followed, during which he took the Young Lions to the 2009 UEFA U21 Championship final, with Mark Noble as captain.
He also took the reins of the Great Britain side at the 2012 London Olympic Games and returned to club management for a year-long spell at Nottingham Forest in 2014. After leaving his position as a coach at West Ham in the summer of 2018, Pearce resumed his role as a respected media pundit, but has now returned for a third spell in Claret and Blue.