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West Ham appoints Julen Lopetegui as new head coach

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West Ham has officially appointed Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach, succeeding David Moyes.

The 57-year-old Spaniard has agreed to a two-year deal with the option for a third, marking his return to managerial duties after leaving Wolves in August just days to the start of the season.

“I feel very happy to be part of the future of this big club,” Lopetegui expressed. “We had other opportunities, but I am thrilled that West Ham chose me because I also chose West Ham, so we are really happy about this.”

Earlier this month, West Ham announced Moyes’ departure at the end of the season.

Moyes, who returned for his second spell in December 2019 and won the Europa Conference League in 2023, faced pressure due to a poor run of results, resulting in a ninth-place finish in the Premier League.

Lopetegui will officially commence his role on 1 July, coinciding with pre-season preparations that include a two-week trip to the United States for matches against Crystal Palace and Wolves.

Lopetegui added “My ambition as a coach is always to achieve more and bigger aims, improve the players and the team, and compete because football is about this – to compete.”

As a former Spain and Real Madrid coach, Lopetegui’s accolades include winning the Europa League with Sevilla in 2020.

He later joined Wolves in November 2022, guiding them to a 13th-place finish before resigning due to frustrations over the club’s financial situation.

West Ham’s technical director Tim Steidten praised Lopetegui’s deep understanding of football, tactical acumen, and adaptability across various leagues and situations.

The club’s joint chairman David Sullivan expressed optimism about Lopetegui’s appointment, believing it will contribute to the positive progress made in recent seasons and align with the club’s ambitions.

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