West Ham United have confirmed the appointment of former Boston Breakers, Chelsea and Liverpool boss Matt Beard as the FA Women’s Super League newcomers’ head coach.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining West Ham United Ladies,” Beard told whufc.com.
“I’ve been really impressed with the set-up here and the ambition of the football club. Just from talking to Jack Sullivan and Karen Ray, I can tell the club matches my ambition.
“I’m delighted to be here and I can’t wait to get started.”
Hammers’ managing director Jack Sullivan said: “For our debut season in the WSL we knew it was essential to bring in a head coach who could boast a wealth of experience in the women’s game and also comes with the desire to succeed. With Matt, I feel we have found both of these things in abundance.
“Matt knows what it takes to perform at the highest level of women’s football, having done so before with Liverpool and Chelsea, and he knows the ladies’ game inside and out.”
Beard returns to England two-and-a half years after departing to take charge of USA National Women’s Soccer League side Boston Breakers.
General Manager Karen Ray highlighted Beard’s experience and clear commitment and believes the new head coach will prove a successful appointment at West Ham Ladies.
“Matt has proven success at this very level and I have been extremely impressed with his commitment and determination,” Ray said.