FORMER Billericay Town defender Paul Konchesky has been appointed West Ham Women manager on a two-year deal following the departure of Olli Harder.

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

Harder has moved on after taking charge of his final match, a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

And Konchesky, who was also assistant manager at Billericay, is pleased to be taking charge of the Hammers.

“This is a very proud moment for me. I’m really honoured to have been appointed,” Konchesky told club’s official website.

“I’m relishing both the challenge and the opportunity that comes with this role.

“West Ham is really close to my heart.

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“It was a dream to play for the club and now to be in this position is something I am really excited about.

“I’m looking forward to getting started.”

New Zealander Harder, who joined the Hammers in December 2020, departs after guiding the club to sixth place in the league and their highest ever points tally.

He also took the club to an FA Cup semi-final and League Cup quarter-final this campaign.

Harder said: “I believe I’m leaving the club in a really good place. I am sure that if it continues to build on this platform of success, the future is bright.”

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