Neil Ruddock's no-nonsense reaction to Stuart Pearce's appointment at West Ham

3 Oct 1999:  Patrick Vieira of Arsenal 'spits'' at West Ham's Neil Ruddock following his red card during the West Ham v Arsenal, FA Carling Premier League match played at Upton Park,...

West Ham United manager David Moyes added the former England international left-back to his back-room team today.

12 Sep 1998:  John Hartson of West Ham United celebrates his goal with team mates Neil Ruddock and Frank Lampard during the FA Carling Premiership match against Liverpool at Upton Park in...

Ex-Hammers hard-man Neil Ruddock was a guest on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT this morning, and insisted that Stuart Pearce's appointment as assistant manager at West Ham is exactly what they players at the club need.

The east London outfit have endured an abysmal start to their 2017/18 Premier League campaign - one that culminated in Slaven Bilic's sacking last week, and they currently sit precariously in 18th position in the Premier League table.

Stuart Pearce looks on during the FA Youth Cup Final First Leg match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Academy Stadium on April 22, 2016 in Manchester, England.

The Hammers are a team totally bereft of confidence, fight and passion, if their performances over the past few weeks are anything to go by, and David Moyes faces a tremendously difficult task ahead of him, if he is to guide his side away from trouble.

Ruddock though, believes that the Scot's chances of doing just that have being greatly improved, when speaking live on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT this morning, following the appointment of Stuart Pearce as assistant manager at the football club:

"Pearce won’t have to say anything, he’ll just have to look at them. He’ll get on the pitch and kick them up the backside, I think that’s what they need.”

Radio pundit Stuart Pearce looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on April 10, 2016 in London, England.

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Moyes and Pearce's first job in their new roles will be to galvanise the West Ham squad ahead of their trip to Watford on Sunday, and instil some confidence back into the side, with morale at the London Stadium currently at dangerously low levels.

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