West Ham owners relent and allow Pearce to re-join Moyes

Pearce worked alongside Moyes at West Ham in 2017/18

Pearce worked alongside Moyes at West Ham in 2017/18

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WEST HAM owners David Sullivan and David Gold have allowed manager David Moyes to bring back Stuart Pearce as his assistant - eight months after blocking the appointment.

When Moyes was appointed for a second spell at the club in December 2019, he brought in Kevin Nolan, Paul Nevin and Alan Irvine as his assistants.

Pearce revealed that his absence was due to previous criticism of the regime.

“The owners felt I was a little bit critical of the regime when we left last time and put the block on it and that was that,” he told Talksport in January.

The criticism Pearce referred to had seemed innocuous. When West Ham replaced Moyes with Manuel Pellegrini in May 2018, Pearce said: “They’ve decided not to go down the David [Moyes] route. I was a little surprised by that as I saw first-hand what a good job he did in a situation that could have gone either way.”

Now the former England defender has cleared the air with the owners and returns for his second coaching spell with the club following that initial stint in 2017/18.

“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,” a club statement said.

Pearce added: “I’ve spoken directly with David Sullivan and (vice chairman) 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 in place to take this great football club forward.”

Moyes said: “I’m really pleased to welcome Stuart back. 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.”

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