West Ham consider Billy McKinlay to fill assistant manager role
West Ham are considering a move to re-appoint Billy McKinlay to David Moyes’ coaching staff, according to the Evening Standard.
The newspaper reports that McKinlay, 52, is being eyed as a replacement for Alan Irvine, who stepped back from his role as Moyes’ assistant manager at the end of the season.
McKinlay played for Dundee, Leicester and Scotland as a midfielder and since stepping into the world of coaching, he’s managed at Watford and Stabaek and coached at Fulham, Sunderland, Stoke and West Ham.
With Moyes set to have a new three-year contract with West Ham finalised, it looks as though a deal to bring McKinlay back could be rubber-stamped too.
It remains to be seen whether or not it is McKinlay who replaces Irvine as West Ham’s assistant manager but it’s fair to say the Glaswegian ticks a lot of boxes.
He has an extensive CV in coaching and management, he’s worked at West Ham in the past and, more importantly, he’s worked alongside Moyes at the East London outfit.
McKinlay is out of work at the moment after leaving his coaching role at Stoke my mutual consent in April.
We wonder if his reasoning was because he knew there was about to be an opening at the London Stadium.
Moyes raved about McKinlay in an interview on the West Ham website during his first spell in charge of the Irons.
In that interview, Moyes said the ex-Dundee player has a “really good eye for a player” and his “light-hearted” personality makes him a pleasure to work with.
Irvine did a great job with Moyes, helping the club finish sixth in the Premier League when he stood in for the boss when he was self-isolating with COVID-19.
We’ll always appreciate Irvine for that but McKinlay seems like a sound replacement.