West Ham appoint Julen Lopetegui as Moyes’ replacement

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024 14:48 | By
Lopetegui signing for West Ham. PHOTO/BBC
Lopetegui signing for West Ham. PHOTO/BBC

West Ham have appointed Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach.

The 57-year-old Spaniard, who accepted a deal with the Hammers earlier this month, succeeds David Moyes and joins on a two-year deal, with the option for a third.

Lopetegui 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."

West Ham parts with Moyes

Earlier this month, West Ham confirmed that 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.

David Moyes. PHOTO/Getty
David Moyes. PHOTO/Getty

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.

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," West Ham's technical director, Tim Steidten said.

"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."

A former goalkeeper, Lopetegui played for Real Madrid and Barcelona and won one cup for Spain.

The club's joint chairman David Sullivan added: "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."

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