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Lomas returns as West Ham reserve team manager

Former West Ham skipper Steve Lomas has returned to Upton Park as their new reserve-team manager. The 37-year-old came through the ranks at Manchester City before signing for the Hammers in March 1997.

Capped 45 times by Northern Ireland between 1994 and 2003, Lomas made 227 appearances for West Ham before leaving for QPR in 2005 - he finished his playing career at Gillingham in January 2008.

Lomas' first game in charge will be the home game against Arsenal at Bishop's Stortford FC on Tuesday night.

"I start work against Arsenal and there are a lot of first-team players involved, which is good," he told the club's official website.

"As reserve-team manager, I'll act as that little buffer between the young players coming up and the first-teamers coming down.

"It's fantastic for me to come back to such a great club," Lomas added.

"I had eight-and-a-half years here that I thoroughly enjoyed so to come back and help the young boys kick on and make the first team, that'll be great."

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