FORMER Rangers manager Mark Warburton has been appointed the new first team assistant coach of West Ham.

The experienced No.1 has joined David Moyes' backroom staff at the Premier League side.

The 59-year-old most recently managed at Queens Park Rangers, but left at the end of last term.

He will meets the Hammers' players for the first time next week when they return for pre-season training.

He said: “It’s a huge privilege to be joining West Ham United to work as part of David Moyes' backroom staff.

“West Ham have made incredible progress in recent seasons, continually making forward strides to move the Club in a positive direction.

“I am excited about coming in and adding my own experience and know-how to what is an incredibly strong coaching team here.”

Moyes welcomed Warburton, who will join Billy McKinlay, Paul Nevin Kevin Nolan and Xavi Valero on the Scot’s coaching team.

Moyes added: “I'm really pleased to welcome Mark to West Ham United.

“He’s a really valuable addition to the backroom team, in the wake of Stuart Pearce leaving us at the end of last season.

“Mark is hugely experienced and has a fine track record, having managed at a number of Club’s over the course of his career.

“I’m excited about adding him to my coaching set-up as one of my assistants.”