Paul Konchesky appointed West Ham Women manager after Olli Harder leaves WSL | Soccer News

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

Former England defender Konchesky, who made 70 appearances for the Hammers between 2005 and 2007, has worked as Harder’s assistant since May 2021.

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

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Olli Harder took charge of his final game as West Ham manager on Sunday

“It’s a very proud moment for me. I’m truly honored to have been nominated,” Konchesky told the club’s official website. “I relish both the challenge and the opportunity that comes with this role.

“West Ham is really close to my heart – it was a dream to play for the club and now being in this position is something I’m really passionate about. I can’t wait to get started.”

Gilly Flaherty leaves West Ham

West Ham United v Birmingham City - FA Women's Super League - Chigwell Construction Stadium West Ham United's Gilly Flaherty during the FA Women's Super League match at the Chigwell Construction Stadium, London.  Picture date: Sunday October 10, 2021.
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Gilly Flaherty has captained West Ham for the past four years

West Ham Women’s captain Gilly Flaherty will leave the club when her contract expires this summer, having spent four years at the Hammers following spells at Arsenal and Chelsea.

Flaherty played his last game in red and blue on Sunday in the loss to Arsenal

“It is with immense sadness that I leave West Ham United this summer,” said Flaherty. “I have truly enjoyed every minute of my time with this club and am so proud of my role in the journey this team has taken over the past four years. It was an honor to be named the first captain of a West Ham professional women’s team.”

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