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Two more bite the dust

Filed: Friday, 24th June 2011
By: Staff Writer

West Ham have parted company with first team coaches Paul Groves and David Coles.

Groves and Coles arrived at the club a year ago next week as part of Avram Gran'ts backroom staff overhaul. Both followed Grant from Portsmouth, where they proved popular with fans and players alike.

However Sam Allardyce's arrival effectively signalled the end for the duo at the club, due to their association with his predecessor.

Coles, 47, is one of the country's most well-respected goalkeeping coaches and is widely regarded to have been responsible for David James' renaissance during his time at Portsmouth.

45-year-old Groves, a former Grimsby midfielder and player manager was hired by Grant in November 2009 as first team coach. He followed the Israeli to the Boleyn Ground last July.

Their replacements are expected to be confirmed shortly.

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by Fred
08:31AM 25th Jun 2011
''Considering the shocker he had at the World Cup, I think Green did really well this season. He put in some really good performances and didn't seem to lack confidence ever.''

06:18PM 24th Jun 2011
''I would hope that pretty much the whole training team go - these two, the curly haired guy who seems to do nothing but hand out the drinks, the so called fitness trainers with their ludicrous half-hearted pre-match warm ups. At least Big Sam is renowned for fitness regimes and who knows - maybe next year we can actually last 95 minutes instead of about 25.''

by g portugal
05:30PM 24th Jun 2011
''Good riddance. Neither of these two did us any good, especially the goalkeeping coach. The guy did absolutely nothing to help restore Green's confidence after the World Cup.''

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