Paul Konchesky appointed West Ham United Women's assistant manager
West Ham United is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Konchesky as the Women’s team’s new assistant manager.
The 40-year-old recently worked at Chadwell Heath within the Academy of Football set-up and will now serve as Olli Harder’s number two for the 2021/22 season.
In a distinguished playing career, Konchesky accumulated over 500 league appearances for a host of teams including Charlton Athletic, West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, Liverpool and Leicester City.
The former Hammers full-back began linking up with the Women’s coaching team in January, assisting the New Zealander and his players as they fought hard to secure a ninth-placed finish in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
This is a new and exciting opportunity for myself, and I’m really excited to get going
Having enjoyed that initial experience, Konchesky is now looking forward to the opportunity to further maximise the opportunity.
He told whufc.com: “I’m really happy to be joining up with West Ham United Women. It’s been different for me because I’ve been helping Olli out over the last five months since his arrival. I’ve had the chance to get to know the environment and how everything works, and I’ve really enjoyed it.
“When the opportunity came through from Olli to be his assistant manager, it was a no-brainer for me to work in a top league with some great players in a first-team environment.
“This is a new and exciting opportunity for myself, and I’m really excited to get going.”
Konchesky will add a wealth of top-level knowledge and experience to Harder’s existing coaching staff, with the manager delighted to be bringing him on board on a permanent basis.
Harder explained: “I’m delighted to have Konch in the building with us.
“He’s been a fantastic asset for us since I arrived in January, which is why I’m so pleased that he’s been able to move across and work within the women’s team on a more permanent basis.
“The players have loved working with him this season and his knowledge and experience will be a huge help moving forward.”
Konchesky’s playing career spanned 21 years and included a two-year spell in the Claret & Blue of his boyhood Club, scoring in the 2006 FA Cup final against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium.
He missed just one Premier League game in his debut West Ham season in 2005/06, helping Alan Pardew’s men to their highest finish in the top-flight – ninth – for four years.
The former full-back also won two caps for England, appearing in friendly matches against Australia and Argentina in 2003 and 2005 respectively.
Konchesky rejoined West Ham United as an Academy coach in 2017, working closely with the Under-15s and, later, with loanees as the Club’s loans manager.
He would also share his time with former club Billericay in August 2020, becoming assistant manager to former Tottenham midfielder, Jamie O’Hara. He departed New Lodge in December alongside O’Hara.
Konchesky is not only delighted to be continuing to work with his local team in his new role, but also to have the opportunity to continue his work within the women’s setup.
He observed: “I’ve been involved with the Academy for three or four years now, and I appreciate everything that they’ve done for me – I always will.
“It’s mixed emotions for me because I’m leaving the opportunity of working within the Academy, which I’ve loved doing, passing down my experience to those young players. It’s given me a boost in my career and I’m thankful for that.
“When Olli first arrived, he spoke to Academy Manager Ricky Martin about bringing me on board. Olli came to West Ham on his own and wanted to add to his coaching team, and he said that there would be no better person to give some advice to his defenders.
“The last seven or eight games have been great, and we’ve seen the results of what we’ve been practising out on the training pitch.”
The defender continues to relish being out there on the training pitch with the players, and is already looking forward to the challenge of next season.
Konchesky has mentored young players during a successful spell at the Academy, where he also oversaw the Club's youngsters when they went out on loan.
Now, he is relishing a new coaching experience that will see him spend more time on the training pitch.
He continued: “I still love being out there day to day. I’ve really enjoyed getting involved in the sessions. It makes things easier because I can get hands on and help the players with extra sessions and can actually show them things rather than just telling them.
“It’s going to be busy summer and we can’t wait to get going next season. It all starts with a lot of hard work in pre-season and then making sure that we start the league campaign well and improve on where we finished this time around.”
Everyone at West Ham United would like to wish Paul well in his new role as Women's assistant manager.
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