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Chris Woods joins West Ham as goalkeeping coach

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: Goalkeeper coach Chris Woods of the United States looks on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the Unit
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Chris Woods has joined West Ham as the club’s new goalkeeping coach.

The 55-year-old, who won 43 England caps between 1985 and 1993, has previously worked at Everton, Manchester United and with the United States national team, and becomes the first addition to new manager Slaven Bilic’s backroom staff.

Woods said: “I am thrilled to be joining West Ham United. It is a club with a great history and tradition.

“I've known Slaven from my time at Everton and we go back a long way even though we have gone on our different paths since he left Goodison Park.

“It will be great for me to get back working alongside him and I am pleased to be given the opportunity. Slaven has his own ideas and puts his own stamp on the team that he manages.

“It is certainly an exciting time for me to be coming to West Ham and I am looking forward to working with the goalkeepers.

“I saw Adrian in action last season and I will be hoping to bring something to his game and the other keepers at the club.

“It is brilliant for the club to be back in Europe and you want to be playing in the top competitions.”

Woods replaces Bobby Mimms, who is one of four coaches who have left the club. Assistant manager Neil McDonald, who has become Blackpool's boss, first-team coach Ian Hendon, who has become Leyton Orient’s manager, and head of recruitment Martyn Glover have all moved on.

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