Filed: Thursday, 24th April 2003
By: Graeme Howlett
New Hammers boss Trevor Brooking has called upon his players to 'give it everything' in their final three games of the Premiership season.
Brooking, officially named as West Ham's caretaker manager earlier today was speaking following his first training session as boss.
During the session Brooking outlined his blueprint for survival - a task that begins this Sunday at Manchester City.
It proves to be a difficult task for the Hammers - who last won at Maine Road five years ago in an FA Cup Fourth Round Tie - but one that Brooking is clearly relishing.
"Everyone wants to give it everything in the next two and a half weeks," he said, "and that is what we are going to do.
"The spirit is good and we want to keep that going. The key is to get a win on Sunday - and that keeps us moving on for the remaining two games."
Speaking of his appointment, the England legend added:
"It was Tuesday night when the initial checks suggested it was going to be difficult for Glenn to be back before the end of the season. From the board's point of view we wanted to put something in place that kept the continuity.
"We felt that if Paul [Goddard] and Roger [Cross] could concentrate on doing what they have been doing with Glenn on the training ground, it might be helpful to have someone like myself to take over and take the pressure off them.
"That is how it was approached, and, having spoken to one or two people at the club, and the senior pros here, I said I was quite happy to fill in for the remainder of the season and move on from there."
Despite being delighted at finally holding the managerial reigns at his beloved Hammers it is clear that Brooking's thoughts are occupied by the man whom he has replaced - Glenn Roeder, who, if certain reports are to be believed still remains critically ill in hospital.
"It has been a difficult few days for everyone," said Trevor. "Glenn, Faith and the children are the main priority and they are in very good hands at the Royal London Hospital.
"We are confident that, with that expertise at hand, Glenn will gradually progress as we want him to do."
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