The Hammers announced that Martin would be taking over from Terry Westley in the Chadwell Heath role.

West Ham United have announced the promotion of Ricky Martin to the role of academy manager, succeeding Terry Westley, who left earlier in May after five years in the role.

Martin joined the Hammers at the start of the year as their Academy Operations and Player Development manager following 15 years as academy manager at Norwich City and a period working in football consultancy.

According to the West Ham website, Martin was a schoolboy player at the East London club before kicking off his coaching career with a youth development role at Cambridge United.

He then made the switch to Norwich in 2001 where he oversaw the recruitment and development of a succession of future first-team players and guided the Canaries to FA Youth Cup glory in 2013.

With the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Chadwell Heath having been completed at the start of April and first-team manager Manuel Pellegrini seemingly eager to blood young prospects, Martin takes the reins at an exciting time for the academy and the club as a whole.

The club announced the news in an article and on their Twitter feed:

Given he is still relatively unknown within the West Ham fanbase, the first thing that stood out for some fans is how he shares his name with the famous Puerto Rican singer – as well as a former contestant on The Apprentice – cue plenty of comments alluding to this:

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