Stuart Pearce admits surprise at West Ham ditching David Moyes in favour of Manuel Pellegrini

Stuart Pearce admits surprise at West Ham ditching David Moyes in favour of Manuel Pellegrini

Moyes was not kept on at West Ham following the end of the Premier League season

Stuart Pearce has admitted he was surprised West Ham decided to ditch Stuart Pearce as their manager and replace him with Manuel Pellegrini.

Pearce was Moyes’ assistant at the London Stadium as the Scot guided West Ham to Premier League survival following his appointment as boss last November.

In seven months he stabilised a club that was in a very volatile situation when he arrived and ensured they will be playing top flight football for another campaign, but was not kept on to oversee the start of a new season.

Pellegrini, the former Manchester City manager, was named as Moyes’ successor, and Pearce was surprised such a decision was made.

Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Pearce said: “It’s a wonderful club – I had a fantastic seven months there are really enjoyed my time – and they’ve now got a very good manager.

“They’ve decided not to go down the David [Moyes] route, I was a little surprised by that as I saw first-hand what a good job he did in a situation that could have gone either way.”

Describing in detail Moyes’ work with West Ham, Pearce explained how he had to work in the transfer market to make money – rather than spend it.

“In the seven months he was there,” he continued, “in one transfer window he recouped around £25m in one transfer window. So it wasn’t a case of going in there and having money to spend… he recouped money.

“So that money is somewhere around the club.”

Despite admitting surprise at Moyes’ departure, Pearce did back the appointment of Pellegrini – a former Premier League winner.

“Going forward, Pellegrini’s got a fantastic CV, he’s managed in this division before so he knows the division inside out.”

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