West Ham Women boss Matt Beard leaves club with 'immediate effect' after contract terminated by mutual consent
WEST HAM Women boss Matt Beard has left the club by "mutual consent" with immediate effect.
The Hammers boss arrived in June 2018 ahead of the club’s first season as a professional outfit in the WSL.
The 42-year-old guided the East Londoners to the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in May 2019.
But the Hammers have only limped to just one win out of seven in the league this term with him at the helm.
This included a 9-1 demolition by Arsenal at home at the start of the campaign.
Beard said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time with West Ham United,
"And, while I am sad to depart, I am proud of the work we have done to grow and develop this team,
“Although I am leaving, I do so with some wonderful memories that I will forever treasure, and I would like to thank Jack Sullivan and everyone at the Club for the opportunity to work at West Ham United.”
Managing Director Sullivan said: “ I would like to say thank you to Matt for his hard work and dedication during his time with the Club.
“Our growth, from a newly formed professional team taking our first steps into the Women’s Super League to an established side in the top-flight, has been colossal, and Matt has been one of the leading figures in that effort.
“Personally, it has been a pleasure working closely with Matt and, although we are parting ways, we do so amicably and with plenty of unforgettable memories shared.
"I genuinely wish Matt all the best for the future.”
Goalkeeping coach Billy Stewart and first-team coach Paul McHugh will take temporary charge of the team.
The club revealed it is in the midst of recruiting a new manager "to take West Ham United Women’s team forward".
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