I'm still not quite sure how David Moyes managed to get the job...but now in charge at West Ham he has been quickly recruiting his backroom staff. One of the biggest complaints about the old regime was that our players were lacking fitness; last season Reece Oxford famously remarked that Championship Reading trained harder than he was used to.
Moyes has started to put his backroom team together with former Norwich City assistant Alan Irvine joining, while Billy McKinlay, now at Sunderland in a caretaker capacity, is expected to follow suit.
Former England left-back Pearce, who's last job was as Nottingham Forest boss in 2015, said: "The opportunity to work with David Moyes, who I have respected greatly over the years, was a big factor, as was having previously played for the club".
With several Hammers now on worldwide duty, the coaching staff will not get a chance to work with the full squad until later this week.
"It's tough times at the moment but it's a fantastic opportunity for me".
"I hope that I can now make a positive contribution".
"The main thing is to enhance the togetherness at the club".
"If he finds that five per cent more from every player, I think they'll be fine".
Anyone who has even watched West Ham in passing this season would have noticed a stark lack of confidence from the squad.
"I want him to do well at West Ham, I want him to prove the point he is a good manager, but in my mind's eye I just see him sitting there at Sunderland. I'm really excited by the challenge", he said.
The Hammers have told Moyes there are funds to spend if the player comes with the requisite amount of Premier League experience, which Fellaini most certainly does, coupled with his close relationship to the Scot.