Martyn Margetson signs for West Ham

Allardyce adds Welsh goalkeeping coach to backroom staff

West Ham have appointed Martyn Margetson as their new goalkeeping coach, following the departure of David Coles from the Hammers’ backroom staff.

Margetson, who trained with the West Ham today (Thursday), will join from Cardiff City, who the Hammers coincidentally face on the opening day of the season, following the appointment of Malky Mackay as Bluebirds manager.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was in the hunt for a new goalkeeping coach after Coles was relieved of his duties along with first-team coach Paul Groves.

Margetson, who also works with the Wales national team, will now coach the fit-again Peter Kurucz, Marek Stech and Ruud Boffin, although it remains to be seen how long the 39-year-old will have the chance to mentor Robert Green, who is expected to leave the club, should a suitable offer be received.

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As a player, Margetson came through Manchester City’s youth programme and made more than 50 first-team appearances.

He also played for Bristol Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Luton, Southend and Huddersfield, before joining Cardiff City in 2002.

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The Welshman was made goalkeeping coach for the Bluebirds in the same year and was also Gary Speed’s first backroom appointment after taking over from John Toshack as manager of the Welsh national side in 2010.

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