The Hammers announced that Martin would be taking over from Terry Westley in the Chadwell Heath 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:
Ricky Martin is proud to have been appointed as West Ham United’s new Academy Manager.https://t.co/Ai6uwrfxYk— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) 15 May 2019
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:
LIVIN’ LA CLARET CARPET— Hammers Chat (@hammers_chat) 15 May 2019
His tactics are spot on to be fair. He’s famous for the upside, inside out routine— ⚒ Tez ⚒ (@TezzyWHU) 15 May 2019
Apparently one time he Woke up in New York City in a funky cheap hotel— Dawkins (@Si_23Q) 15 May 2019
Welcome Ricky, don’t let this job push and pull you down— Damien Murphy (@Damo_84) 15 May 2019
I was hoping for living la vida loca comments and I wasn’t disappointed. well done everyone. ⚒⚒— Rob (@Robfruin) 15 May 2019
Who? Thought Ricky Martin was a singer lol … good luck to him anyway ⚒— John Golding (@johngld39) 15 May 2019
At first glance I thought it was that Ricky Martin from the apprentice. good luck Ricky Martin with academy manager credentials ⚒— Mike Jones (@mike_g_jones) 15 May 2019
I hope this BANGS— Tommy O (@Tommy_OConnor) 15 May 2019