Hammers part company with boss Beard

West Ham United have confirmed that manager, Matt Beard, has parted company with the club by mutual consent.

After joining the East Londoners during the summer of 2018, Beard led the club to the 2019 Women’s FA Cup final where they were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.

Goalkeeping coach Billy Stewart and first-team coach Paul McHugh have been placed in interim charge. 42-year-old Beard had overseen first-team activity throughout West Ham’s time as a professional outfit. On leaving the club, he told www.whufc.com: “I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time with West Ham United and, while I am sad to depart, I am proud of the work we have done to grow and develop this team.

“Although I am leaving, I do so with some wonderful memories that I will forever treasure, and I would like to thank Jack Sullivan and everyone at the Club for the opportunity to work at West Ham United.”

Meanwhile, Women’s Managing Director Jack Sullivan said: “On behalf of everyone at West Ham United, I would like to say thank you to Matt for his hard work and dedication during his time with the Club. 

“Our growth, from a newly formed professional team taking our first steps into the Women’s Super League to an established side in the top-flight, has been colossal, and Matt has been one of the leading figures in that effort. 

“Personally, it has been a pleasure working closely with Matt and, although we are parting ways, we do so amicably and with plenty of unforgettable memories shared. I genuinely wish Matt all the best for the future.”

Brian Jeeves

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