Ghana legend starts management journey at West Ham
Ghana legend Stephen Appiah dreams of becoming a manager. He spent time learning at West Ham, who this week appointed Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss.
PART 1 - Stephen Appiah starts management journey at West Ham
Stephen Appiah is one of Ghana’s greatest ever footballers, having starred for his country at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
Six years on from his retirement, Appiah now wants to become a manager, with his ultimate dream being to one day take charge of the Black Stars.
The 37-year-old is a brand ambassador for Betway Ghana, so we invited him to spend a week at West Ham – who are in the football betting to finish in the top four next season – to help him learn about coaching at the highest level.
Appiah observed both the first team and the academy and spoke to several leading figures at the club, including Mark Noble, Patrice Evra and Joe Hart, as well as coaches Terry Westley and Jack Collison and head of medical services Gary Lewin.
Watch the above video to see Stephen’s video diary, or watch the videos below to see his interviews with the Hammers playing and coaching staff.
PART 2 - Mark Noble: You have to build a relationship with the manager
PART 3 - Patrice Evra: What I learned from Sir Alex and Allegri
PART 4 - Gary Lewin: Physio, manager and player must be united
PART 5 - West Ham analyst Jack Lamb-Wilson: We look for trends and routines
PART 6 - Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta: It’s important the manager trusts you