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McDonald: Wally Downes’ departure hasn’t affected us

07:55 21 December 2012

West Ham United assistant manager Neil McDonald. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

West Ham United assistant manager Neil McDonald. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

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Assistant manager Neil McDonald says it’s been business as usual at West Ham following the recent departure of former first team coach Wally Downes.

Downes and West Ham parted company last week by mutual consent, according to boss Sam Allardyce, who said the former Brentford manager left on ‘amicable’ terms.

Ian Hendon has stepped up from his role with the Hammers’ under-21s to replace Downes, while head of the under-18s Nick Hancock has also been promoted until the end of the season.

But despite the upheaval behind the scenes, McDonald says it has been a seamless transition to the new coaching set-up.

“The manager has made his points known on that and I will leave that for him to speak about,” he said.

“We have moved Ian Hendon up and we have moved Nick Haycock up as well so everything seems to be working as well as it was before Wally left.”

Asked if it had been an easy transition, McDonald said: “Yes, of course.”

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