Julen Lopetegui Named New Manager of West Ham: A New Era Begins

Julen Lopetegui Named New Manager of West Ham: A New Era Begins

Roberto De Zerbi leaves Brighton; Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea; Arne Slot will replace Jürgen Klopp on the Anfield home bench… and Julen Lopetegui will be the new West Ham manager! This is what the hammer team has announced: “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as the club’s new coach. “The former Spain, Porto, Real Madrid and Sevilla coach will officially start working on July 1.” With the agreement between the coach and the club closed for weeks, as reported by AS, after confirming the departure of David Moyes at the end of the season, the London team takes over the services of the former coach, just over a season ago. from Wolverhampton.

The one with the Wolves was the former coach’s first experience in the Premier League, among other teams, Real Madrid, Sevilla or the Spanish National Team. Disagreements with the management of the Molineux Stadium team ended Julen Lopetegui’s career in England, once he miraculously saved the Wolves from relegation, ahead of time, but the natural Asteasu coach was left wanting more. As this newspaper has explained, Julen Lopetegui remained in the British Isles waiting for an offer that would satisfy his aspirations. After negotiations with AC Milan and interest from Manchester United, West Ham was the one that ended up betting the biggest on the Spaniard.

”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 our commitment is one hundred percent to be here. We had other opportunities, but I am very happy that West Ham chose me because I also chose West Ham, so we are very happy about that,” declared the Gipuzkoan in his first interview for the club’s official media.

Julen Lopetegui, who has signed a contract until 2026 (with the option of one more season), inherits a project that, although it has not managed to qualify for European competitions – the hammers have finished the 2023-2024 Premier League in ninth position with 52 points – Yes, it is full of players to fight with, next year, to travel around the old continent. Players like Lucas Paquetá, Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen will surely have several important offers after their performance, but retaining them will be a large part of the basis of Julen Lopetegui’s new project at the London Stadium.

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Likewise, during the three and a half years that David Moyes led the Hammers, his second stage at the helm of the London club, the Scot returned West Ham to Europe, even leading the east London team to become champions of the Conference League in 2023. The hiring of the Gipuzkoan confirms, even more so, the preponderance of Spanish coaches in the Premier League. With Julen Lopetegui there are five (Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta, Unai Emery and Andoni Iraola) who will lead teams in the English top division, and curiously four of them from the Basque Country.

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2024-05-23 10:03:06
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