Terry Westley Hangs Up His Boots

It has been confirmed today that Terry Westley, the Academy Manager with West Ham United is to hang up his managerial boots at the end of the season.

Westley who has been in post for five years and is described as hugely successful will be missed by the club and freetips.com has the story.

In 2014 Westley joined the club, and at his time there has been pivotal in the creation of the internal development program which has seen many players take the step from Academy to first team over the last few years.

These successes include Declan Rice the full England International and Ben Johnson and Grady Diangana who took to the pitch as Premier League players under Manuel Pellegrini this season. Last month the new Chadwell Heath training ground was opened, and this was another project that Terry had much involvement in.

The facility which is state of the art will offer both Club Academy scholar and local schoolboy player access to a training ground that will help the club stay at the leading edge of player development over the coming generations.

Speaking about his decision, the 59-year-old manager said: "I leave West Ham United feeling huge pride and with great memories of my time here. We have made such positive strides forward in the last five years to modernise and evolve the Academy, ensuring that West Ham's long-standing reputation as one of the finest developers of young players continues to shine.

"It was an extremely proud moment earlier this season for me to see four Academy graduates - Declan Rice, Grady Diangana, Conor Coventry and Joe Powell - playing together for the first team in the League Cup tie against Macclesfield Town. That gave everyone in the Academy such huge satisfaction, validation that our model is working, and belief that more young players will follow them in the future.

"My thanks go to our immensely supportive Manager, Manuel Pellegrini, and his staff, for giving the young players their opportunities. It has also been a huge satisfaction to witness the opening of our fantastic new Academy facility at Chadwell Heath in early April. Everyone who has visited so far has commented on how it has transformed the environment for the benefit of our young players, and I have no doubt that it will be a huge asset to the Club in the years to come."

He is not leaving the football world though, as he has been offered a new opportunity as a technical director overseas and believes that now is the time for him to move to pastures new and take on some unique challenges.

It has also been announced that Ricky Martin who has been the Academy Operations and Player Development Manager after spending 15 years in a similar role at Norwich City will replace Westley with further appointments to be announced over the coming weeks. It is an exciting time for both men, and we would like to wish them all the best in their new roles.

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