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Julen Lopetegui confirmed as new West Ham boss as former Wolves manager replaces David Moyes

Published on May, 23 2024

Julen Lopetegui has been appointed the new West Ham head coach.

Lopetegui replaces David Moyes, who departed his role at the London Stadium "by mutual consent" after his contract expired at the end of the Premier League season.

 

The 57-year-old will work closely with technical director Tim Steidten - who will have more control over the recruitment. When Moyes was reappointed in 2019, it was under the proviso that he would have a big say in recruitment and transfers.

 

But with Steidten's appointment last summer, West Ham are moving towards a more European-based model.

"I feel that we have a fantastic platform," Lopetegui said.

"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 we 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."

 

How did Lopetegui perform at Wolves?

Lopetegui was appointed Wolves manager in November 2022 with the Molineux club bottom of the league before leading them to 10 wins in his 27 games and a 13th-place finish — eight points and five places above the relegation zone.

'Lopetegui an exciting appointment for West Ham'

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:

“He was fantastic at Wolves, he did a brilliant job. I thought we’d see him in the Premier League sooner, certainly earlier than what we’re going to see next season.

“He’s managed Real Madrid and Spain, had great success with other clubs as well, it’s a really good appointment, a really exciting one for West Ham.”

Merson Says: West Ham should be careful what they wish for

Sky Sports' Paul Merson:

"West Ham have got to be careful what they wish for. Moyes has pulled up trees there, won a European trophy. Solid seventh, eighth, ninth, top half of the table again.

"I'm not saying it'll happen overnight, what happened to Charlton, but I remember many years ago when I played their fans were asking to get rid of Alan Curbishley, saying it was boring, middle of the table, they wanted to kick on.

 

"They've never been seen since. Moyes is top, top drawer. They won a European trophy! It's just madness.

"I wouldn't have got rid of him in a month of Sundays. You'll get West Ham fans coming back, saying this and that, throwing every stat in the world. But I'll just throw you the biggest stat of them all. He. Won. You. A. Trophy.

"I don't care all about this entertaining football, we don't play that well, we should be doing better with these players. They won a trophy! You look at Arsenal, they're unbelievable and they could end up with nothing."

 

Highs and lows of Moyes at West Ham

Moyes' first stint at West Ham lasted just six months, between November 2017 and May 2018. It was agreed that he would only sign a contract until the end of that season, with the club not taking up the option of extending the deal.

Tasked with keeping the Hammers in the Premier League, the Scot guided them out of the relegation zone to a 13th-place finish - and safety with two games to spare.

The 61-year-old returned to the London Stadium on an initial 18-month contract in December 2019 and once more successfully led the club to Premier League safety in a campaign disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and a three-month postponement to football in March 2020.

In the first full season of his second spell, the Irons won a record 19 Premier League games to finish in sixth and qualify for the Europa League group stage.

The following campaign, Moyes took West Ham to the Europa League semi-finals, defeating Dinamo Zagreb, Genk, Rapid Vienna, Sevilla and Lyon before losing to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Seventh spot in the Premier League ensured they qualified for the Europa Conference League, where a record 10-match winning run helped Moyes lead the Hammers to a first piece of major silverware in 43 years, defeating Fiorentina 2-1 in Prague to lift the Conference League trophy.

That success ensured West Ham qualified for the Europa League this term, where they were eventually eliminated by Bayer Leverkusen in the quarter-finals.

With the Scot out of contract at the end of the season and shortly after a 5-0 defeat to Chelsea, West Ham announced with two games remaining that Moyes would be departing the club at the end of the 2023/24 season.

'I'm just starting here' - Lopetegui on Premier League

 

 

In an interview with Sky Sports in December, former Wolves boss Lopetegui revealed he is targeting a return to the Premier League

Speaking to Sky Sports News reporter Danyal Khan in December, Lopetegui explained why he feels he has unfinished business in the Premier League and revealed he has met the PFA, LMA and PGMOL during his time off in a bid to prepare himself for a return to England's top division.

"It's why I've said no to different countries and different situations because I would like to stay here in England. I feel like our team here is just starting and we want to achieve our dreams." Lopetegui said at the time.

"The way the country lives football here is special - it's the best league in the world, the most competitive league in the world, the best environment for the players, coaches and fans too."

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