Stuart Pearce has made the decision to step down from his role as a coach at West Ham United, the club has confirmed.
The former England international spent three years as a coach in David Moyes’ backroom team but has now made the call to step down.
It is not clear if Pearce has actually decided to retire, but he has been involved in football since 1978, when he made his debut for Wealdstone.
That is 44 years in the game, and he has pretty much done it all, enjoying a distinguished playing career for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, the Hammers, and Manchester City, while also managing City, England’s U21 side, the Great Britain Olympic Team and Forest.
He was brought back on as a coach when Moyes was rehired, and he has issued a statement thanking the powerbrokers at the club for giving him the opportunity.
Per the club’s website, he said: “It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision to leave West Ham United. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work at the Club over the past two years, but I have decided that now is the right time to step away and pursue other opportunities and challenges.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank David Moyes, David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady for giving me the opportunity to return to West Ham. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here – the football club is united at all levels and that is very pleasing to see.
“It has been fantastic to work with the players and staff every day at Rush Green, a very special environment that I will miss greatly. I wish everyone at the Club all the very best for the future and will always have a special place in my heart for West Ham United.”
Boss David Moyes added: “We thank Stuart for his hard work and dedication over the past two years. He has been a great help to myself and the team, and a popular figure who we will miss around the training ground. On behalf of all of the players and staff, I wish him every success in the future.”