West Ham have announced that Stuart Pearce has stepped down as first-team coach.
The 60-year-old, who made 42 appearances in his playing days for West Ham, was one of David Moyes’ assistants for two years.
He has played a vital role behind the scenes in guiding the Hammers to 6th followed by 7th place Premier League finishes and a Europa League semi-final.
West Ham first-team coach and former player Stuart Pearce has announced he has left the club.
Pearce, nicknamed ‘psycho’ when he was a player made 78 caps for England and had previously managed Man City and England’s Under-21 side.
He worked alongside fellow coaches Billy McKinlay, Kevin Nolan, Paul Nevin and Xavi Valero all part of Moyes’ backroom team.
On his decision to Pearce said: “It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision to leave West Ham United.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work at the Club over the past two years, but I have decided that now is the right time to step away and pursue other opportunities and challenges.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank David Moyes, David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady for giving me the opportunity to return to West Ham. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here – the football club is united at all levels and that is very pleasing to see.
“It has been fantastic to work with the players and staff every day at Rush Green, a very special environment that I will miss greatly. I wish everyone at the Club all the very best for the future and will always have a special place in my heart for West Ham United.
West Ham manager Moyes wished him farewell saying: “We thank Stuart for his hard work and dedication over the past two years. He has been a great help to myself and the team, and a popular figure who we will miss around the training ground.
“On behalf of all of the players and staff, I wish him every success in the future.”
Pearce is the second coach to leave the team in as many years after Alan Irvine switched his assistant manager role into a technical advisory one. Irvine played a huge part in the improvement of Said Benrahma.
In other former West Ham coaches news, Edin Terzic, who was part of Slaven Bilic’s coaching setup when he was manager has been appointed boss of Borussia Dortmund ahead of the next season.