Westham appoints Julen Lopetegui to succeed Moyes as new head coach

West Ham United announces the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as the Club’s men’s Head Coach.

Earlier this month West Ham confirmed David Moyes, who took over for his second spell at the club in December 2019 and won the Europa Conference League in 2023, would leave at the end of the season.

The 61-year-old Scot had come under increasing pressure after a poor run of results which saw the Hammers finish ninth in the Premier League and miss out on a fourth successive season in Europe.

Earlier in May, the West London club agreed a deal with former Wolverhampton Wanders coach Jule Lopetegui and is set to join a two-year deal with an option to renew for one more year.

The 57-year-old Spaniard has been out of a managerial role since he left Wolves in August.

“I feel very happy, first of all, to be able to be part of the future of this big club,” he said.

“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.”

Lopetegui will officially begin his role on 1 July for the start of pre-season, which includes a two-week trip to the United States for matches against Crystal Palace and Wolves.

“I feel that we have a fantastic platform,” Lopetegui added.

“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.”

The former Spain and Real Madrid coach won the Europa League with Sevilla in 2020, before moving to Molineux in November 2022 when Wolves were bottom of the Premier League.

He guided them to a 13th-place finish but he had become frustrated by the club’s financial situation before resigning.

“Julen lives and breathes football,” said West Ham’s technical director Tim Steidten.

“He thinks deeply about the game, he is tactically astute and he has shown he can adapt to work in different leagues, in different countries, with national teams, and in each situation he has shown his outstanding qualities.”

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