Club legend Stuart Pearce has announced that he has stepped down from his coaching role at West Ham United to “pursue other challenges”.
Pearce returned to the Hammers ahead of the 2020/21 campaign to work alongside David Moyes. He was previously at the club during the 2017/18 season.
A club statement read: “West Ham United can confirm that Stuart Pearce has made the decision to step down from his role as first-team coach.
“The 60-year-old leaves the club after two years on David Moyes’ coaching staff, during which time he has played a key role alongside Billy McKinlay, Kevin Nolan, Paul Nevin and Xavi Valero as the Hammers enjoyed sixth and seventh place finishes in the Premier League and secured European qualification in both seasons.”
Former Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, West Ham and Manchester City defender 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.”
Pearce first teamed up with Moyes as an assistant in November 2017 and rejoined the Hammers’ coaching staff before the 2020-21 season.
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