Paul Konchesky appointed West Ham Women manager after Olli Harder left the WSL club Football news

Paul Konchesky has been appointed West Ham Women manager for a two-year contract following the departure of Olli Harder.

The former English defender Konchesky, who made 70 appearances for the Hammers between 2005 and 2007, has been working as Harder’s assistant since May 2021.

West Ham have announced Harder’s departure after Sunday’s final club game of the season, a 2-0 defeat by Arsenal, the WSL runners-up.

West Ham Women Manager Olli Harder
Olli Harder took over his last game as West Ham coach on Sunday

“This is a moment for me to be very proud of. I am really honored to have been named,” Konchesky told the club’s official website. “I enjoy both the challenge and the opportunity that comes with this role.

“West Ham have really touched my heart – it was a dream to play for the club, and now I’m in this position, something I’m really excited about. I’m looking forward to starting.”

Gilly Flaherty leaves West Ham

West Ham United v Birmingham City - FA Women's Super League - Chigwell Construction West Ham United Stadium Gilly Flaherty during the FA Women's Super League match at Chigwell Construction Stadium in London.  Image date: Sunday 10.10.2021.
Gilly Flaherty has been the captain of West Ham for the last four years

West Ham women captain Gilly Flaherty will leave the club after her contract expires this summer, after spending four years at the Hammers after spending at Arsenal and Chelsea.

Flaherty played their last game in claret and blue on Sunday against Arsenal

“I’m leaving West Ham United with great sadness this summer,” Flaherty said. “I sincerely loved every minute of my time spent at this club and I am so proud of my role in the journey this team has taken in the last four years. I was honored to be named the first captain of West Ham’s professional women’s team.”

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