It was announced earlier this week that West Ham United first-team coach Stuart Pearce has now left the club after two seasons with the Hammers. 

Pearce, who has played a pivotal role alongside manager David Moyes in recent years, leaves the club’s coaching staff to pursue other opportunities and challenges.

The 60-year-old will be leaving a team consisting of Kevin Nolan, Paul Nevin, Billy McKinlay and Xavi Valero, after an excellent season that has seen the club qualify for European competition for a second consecutive year.

Pearce, who spent two years as a Hammer in his playing days, brought his much-needed experience and knowledge of the game to the team and his services will be missed at the club.

After returning to West Ham as an assistant coach in 2017, the former England international then rejoined the coaching staff for the 2020/21 season.

This will be a big loss for the Hammers, who have rebuilt strong foundations since the return of David Moyes three seasons ago.

Following the departure of club captain Mark Noble this summer, Moyes and West Ham will need to recruit both coaches and players quickly in order to get settled before next year’s campaign.

With another European campaign on the horizon, these are exciting times for West Ham supporters. However, the club must be wary not to lose all their best features if they want to go one step further next year.