Stuart Pearce sets out his non-negotiables for West Ham players ahead of Manchester United clash

West Ham assistant coach Stuart Pearce is a trusted lieutenant of Hammers boss David Moyes with the former England captain joining the manager for both his spells in charge at the London Stadium.

Pearce has the full faith of Moyes, with the assistant the bosses’ eyes in the crowd during matchdays. Pearce takes up a vantage point high in the stands in order to give Moyes live feedback from a different perspective and stood in for the Scot when the manager was absent with COVID last season.

Pearce often undertakes media duties for Moyes during Carabao Cup games and is a regular in the media with Moyes saying Pearce is “a great spokesman” for the club.

An experienced manager in his own right after spells at Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, England U21 and leading Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games, Pearce has certain standards he expects his players to meet.

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“The non-negotiables for me for any player would be eat, sleep and train, ” Pearce told The Coaching Manuel.

“They are the three mantras that I used to work to as a player. I used to eat better than the person I am playing against, I used to train better and I used to sleep better and any time I took to a training pitch or I took to a matchday I knew that I was better prepared than the individual I was playing against.”

Pearce has always set his standards high and it is something both he and Moyes demand of the West Ham players. Moyes has set his team the target of bettering their club record Premier League points tally of 66 from last season in order to challenge for a Champions League spot and the manager is continuing to strive for improvement.

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Despite the defeat to Leeds United Moyes has been pleased with the level his team are playing at and is pushing them for more consistency as the Premier League approaches its business end.

“The teams around us, the competition in the top eight or nine places in the Premier League is really difficult. You can’t forget about Wolves, Leicester City, and how well Arsenal and Tottenham are doing well and there is Manchester United, so the fight for the 8th, 9th, 10th places are really tough,” Moyes said.

“So if we’re going to stay there, we’re going to have to win games like we’ve done and we’ve scored a few goals. Like everybody else we’ll get injuries, we’ll get COVID, so it’s making things just that little bit harder as well but I am really pleased with how well the players are doing, they are doing great.”

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