Lopetegui is Hammers’ new boss

Brian Jeeves

West Ham United have confirmed Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach.

 Lopetegui arrives as David Moyes’ successor. The 57-year-old Spaniard previously managed in the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers before leaving the club in August 2023 by mutual consent.

Previously, the Asteasu-born former Spanish international goalkeeper managed Rayo Vallecan, Porto, Real Madrid and Sevilla, as well as overseeing Spain at youth and full levels.

Speaking to West Ham TV following his appointment, Lopetgeui said: “I feel very happy, first of all, to be able to be part of the future of this big club. We will try to put our stamp on the club.

“I feel that we have a fantastic platform. I think the last few years have been very good years to have this base, of course, but my ambition as a coach is always to be better and better, to achieve more and bigger aims and to encourage and improve the players, the team, and to compete because football is about this – to compete. We are very ambitious about this.

“I am where I want to be. I am here because I want to be here and for us it was a fantastic day when we closed our agreement here because our commitment is 100 per cent to be here. We had other opportunities but I am very happy that West Ham chose me because I chose West Ham too, so we are really happy about this.

“We came here with the idea and the thought to make a big, big noise. That’s why we came here, and we are excited by this challenge. Of course, we are going to do our best to help the club and the team to achieve to achieve the best level and to achieve our aims. I assure the fans that they are going to be key in all our achievements.”

Meanwhile, chairman David Sullivan said: “I would like to welcome Julen to the club and wish him every success in his new role. We believe this appointment will ensure a strong opportunity to build on the positive progress made in recent seasons, helping the club to move forward in the direction that aligns with our ambitions.

“We have been working hard behind the scenes to continue shaping the right strategy for West Ham United’s future, and we are looking forward to bringing Julen’s coaching ability, experience and personality to the club.”

The new head coach wasted little time in announcing his staff – Pablo Sanz (assistant head coach), Oscar Caro (head of performance & assistant coach), Juan Vicente Peinado (head of analysis & assistant coach), Borja De Alba (fitness coach) and Edu Rubio (technical coach). Xavi Valero will continue in his role as first-team goalkeeper coach.

Brian Jeeves

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