Former New Zealand Knights manager leaves West Ham ‘by mutual consent’

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Former New Zealand Knights manager Paul Nevin has left English club West Ham United and looks destined to join French Ligue 1 club Strasbourg.

Premier League side West Ham announced the surprise and sudden departure of Nevin (54), who was an assistant coach and specialised in developing set-piece plays for manager David Moyes.

Nevin has also been part of Gareth Southgate’s coaching staff with the England national team.

Main photo: Paul Nevin … reportedly moving to France.

West Ham announced Nevin had left the club by mutual consent, and The Telegraph reports he will team with former Crystal Palace manager Patrick Viera as part of the staff at Strasbourg.

Paul Nevin and David Moyes. Image: West Ham United.

In the club’s statement, manager Moyes said:

“He is highly ambitious as a coach and is keen to test himself in a new environment and we wish him well in doing so.”

Nevin said: “I’ll always look back on my time and the opportunity I had to work at West Ham with great fondness.

“In the three and a half years, we enjoyed a period of great success in West Ham’s history, culminating in the Europa Conference League win last season, which gives the club a fantastic opportunity and platform to go on to even greater levels in the future.”

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Nevin’s time in New Zealand

Nevin, who was appointed manager of the Knights in 2006, was the highest-qualified coach in New Zealand at the time and had moved to Auckland with his wife and two children.

As a player, he had turned out for clubs including Shrewsbury Town, Carlisle United and Yeovil Town as well as four years in the USA.

He began his coaching career with eight years working with junior and youth players at Fulham before he took on the Knights role.

After losing the Knights job in November 2006, he joined the Aspire Academy working with young players and coaches in the Middle East.

He returned to England in 2013 for coaching roles with Norwich City, Brighton & Hove Albion and with the EPL.

In November 2018, he was added to England’s coaching staff by national manager Gareth Southgate, as they reached the finals of the UEFA Nations League.

Paul Nevin (left) with England manager Gareth Southgate at the 2020 FIFA World Cup.

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