West Ham have appointed Steve Potts as the new Lead Coach of the U21’s team.

Potts, a former player who has made over 500 appearances for the club, succeeds Mark Robson, who was confirmed as a new coach under David Moyes in the first team this season.

The Hammers legend Potts, whose son Freddie has also impressed within the Academy of Football, is said to be the perfect person to step into the role, as per Head of Academy Kenny Brown.

“As a former player, with over 500 appearances, Steve’s West Ham United connection is clear, and he knows the Club and the Academy of Football’s ethos better than anyone,” stated Brown to the clubs Official Website.

“I am also delighted he will be joined by Gerard, another fantastic coach at Chadwell Heath, who has had huge success with this group of players at the Under-18 level, winning the FA Youth Cup and league title last season. 

“Steve and Gerard have worked within the Academy for many years and this appointment is a testament to not only the quality of their work but also their passion and drive to help develop young players. 

“Both appointments ensure the development squad are in the best place to continue their impressive start to the season and will allow a seamless transition of one coaching staff to the next following Mark Robson’s promotion to the first-team set-up.”

The West Ham Way are delighted with the appointment and wish Steve all the best in his new role at the club.