Moyes confirms coaching shakeup

7 Sep, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

West Ham have confirmed the appointments of John HeitingaMark Robson and Henry Newman as first-team assistants to David Moyes.

Heitinga, Robson and Newman join Billy McKinlay, Kevin Nolan and goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero to complete the manager’s coaching staff for the 2023/24 campaign.

Former Netherlands international Heitinga, who most recently held the role of interim head coach at Eredivisie side Ajax, reunites with Moyes, 14 years joining him as a player at Everton.

Robson steps up from his position as Academy U21s lead coach – a role he had held since joining the Club from Peterborough United in November 2021, while Newman moves from his opposition analysis position, having been with the Hammers for almost four years.

John, Mark and Henry will each bring experience in different areas and complement the strengths we already have in the coaching team
David Moyes

Manager Moyes said: “I would like to welcome John to West Ham United and also welcome Mark and Henry into the first-team group.

“John is someone I have known for a long time. He has gained some very good experience since beginning his coaching career in the Ajax Academy and working his way up to their first-team. Mark and Henry are both already familiar to everyone here at the Club and have deserved the opportunity to step up within our structure.

“John, Mark and Henry will each bring experience in different areas and complement the strengths we already have in the coaching team alongside Billy, Kevin and Xavi. I look forward to working with them and building on the positive start we have made to the new season.”

The Hammers have also confirmed that Steve Potts has been appointed as the Club’s U21s lead coach.

The former defender, who made 506 appearances in an illustrious playing career in east London, succeeds Mark Robson in overseeing the development squad.

Potts, who was previously U21 assistant manager, will now lead the squad following Robson’s promotion to David Moyes’s first-team coaching staff.

Gerard Prenderville, part of the U18s coaching set-up last season, moves into the role of U21s assistant manager.

Prenderville will continue to work with many of the players who won a league and FA Youth Cup double at Under-18 level in 2022/23 as they make the step up to Premier League 2.

Meanwhile, Lauris Coggin, who oversaw the U19s tour of India last year, will take the position of U18s assistant manager and work alongside U18s lead coach Kevin Keen.


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