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Kevin Nolan Among Those to Leave West Ham After Lopetegui’s Arrival

Major Backroom Staff Overhaul at West Ham as Julen Lopetegui Takes the Helm

West Ham’s New Era Under Lopetegui

In anticipation of Julen Lopetegui’s arrival, West Ham United have initiated a significant revamp of their backroom staff. The club has confirmed the departure of several key figures, including Kevin Nolan, Billy McKinlay, and recruitment head Rob Newman, marking a new chapter in the club’s management.

Lopetegui, set to take over from David Moyes, will be introduced formally as the new manager later this week. The former Real Madrid coach is expected to bring his own team of long-term coaching associates to shape the future of West Ham.

Strategic Exits and Retentions

Amid the comprehensive staff reshuffle, Xavi Valero, the current goalkeeper coach and a fellow Spaniard, is reportedly the sole member of Moyes’s senior staff to retain his position. This decision underscores the blend of continuity and change that Lopetegui aims to bring to the club.

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The exits include Nolan, McKinlay, Johnny Heitinga, and Henry Newman, all of whom have been integral to Moyes’s setup. The club’s approach reflects a strategic redirection, particularly in coaching and recruitment philosophy, aligning more closely with Lopetegui’s vision.

Streamlining Operations

This summer will also witness a restructuring of roles behind the scenes. Tim Steidten, the technical director, is set to have an enhanced role, leading the charge on transfers. This change comes in the wake of Rob Newman’s departure, who was known to be a close ally of Moyes. The club’s decision to streamline operations aims to resolve the tensions that have surfaced over transfer targets this season, suggesting a more unified strategy moving forward.

“Moyes managed his final game in Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad and confirmation of his exit earlier this month was always likely to mean the end for the majority of his staff.”

Background and Experience of Departing Staff

Billy McKinlay has been associated with West Ham for more than four years across two stints, bringing a wealth of experience and stability. Nolan, who rejoined the coaching staff in February 2020 after a storied stint as a player and captain at the club, also departs alongside other key figures like former Dutch international Heitinga. Heitinga, who played under Moyes at Everton, had only joined last summer, following the exits of Mark Warburton and Paul Nevin.

At the same time, Henry Newman was promoted from his role as an opposition analyst, while Mark Robson stepped up from his position as U21s boss, showcasing the internal mobility within the club’s coaching structure.


The restructuring at West Ham underlines a decisive shift towards a new strategic direction under Julen Lopetegui. By bringing his trusted aides and instilling a fresh philosophy, Lopetegui is poised to sculpt the team’s identity. As the Hammers brace for this new chapter, the focus will undoubtedly be on how these backroom changes translate into on-field success in the seasons to come.

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