After being announced as West Ham’s new manager, in his first interview with West Ham TV, Julen Lopetegui sat down and outlined his philosophy as a coach and what he hopes he’ll be able to bring to and implement in this West Ham team. 

Lopetegui has his own personal website, on his web page he outlines a number of the elements that make up his philosophy as a coach. The Spaniard has been in coaching for over 20 years now, managing over 400 games which have included a number of highs and many credible achievements.

One of the elements he discusses is his playing style, writing on his web page: “I aspire for my team to have a defined personality, and about how performing well in four phases of the game – attack, attack – defence transition, defence and defence – attack transition are key.”

Speaking in his first interview with West Ham TV, Lopetegui said: “You ask me what my idea is about football and always my answer is the same – I want it all as a coach, it’s not easy to achieve, but that’s why it’s a fantastic aim for us, because it makes us always want to try to improve.”

Discussing how he wants his West Ham side to play, Lopetegui said: “We are going to try to attack well, to defend well, to have a big commitment between us in helping with the team, thinking that all the quality and ability is in our team, and always trying to convince all the players that the better the team, the better the players.”

Looking ahead to training in the next few weeks as well as the pre season trip to the United States, Lopetegui told West Ham TV: “Always in pre season the aim is to achieve your best level physically and tactically and to know all the details that we will translate to the team. And, of course, these kinds of matches help you to put the points across. Obviously, it is going to be important to have demanding matches in the pre season to achieve these levels.”