West Ham confirm Lopetegui appointment



West Ham have confirmed the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as David Moyes' successor at the London Stadium. 


Moyes' second spell at the club came to an end following the final day 3-1 loss to Manchester City with the former Real Madrid and Wolves man taking over the reins in east London. 


"West Ham United is delighted to announce the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as the Club’s new men’s Head Coach," a statement read on the club's official website. 


"The former Spain, Porto, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Wolverhampton Wanderers coach will officially begin work with the Hammers on 1 July." 



On his appointment, Lopetegui said: "I feel very happy, first of all, to be able to be part of the future of this big Club. We will try to put our stamp on the Club 


"I feel that we have a fantastic platform. I think the last few years have been very good years to have this base, of course, but my ambition as a coach is always to be better and better, to achieve more and bigger aims and to encourage and improve the players, the team, and to compete because football is about this – to compete. We are very ambitious about this. 


"I am where I want to be. I am here because I want to be here and for us it was a fantastic day when we closed our agreement here because we our commitment is 100 per cent to be here. We had other opportunities but I am very happy that West Ham chose me because I chose West Ham too, so we are really happy about this. 


"We came here with the idea and the thought to make a big, big noise. That's why we came here, and we are excited by this challenge. Of course, we are going to do our best to help the Club and the team to achieve to achieve the best level and to achieve our aims. I assure the fans that they are going to be key in all our achievements."