Filed: Thursday, 24th April 2003
By: Graeme Howlett
West Ham United have announced that Trevor Brooking will take over as caretaker manager of the Club for the rest of the season.
Brooking, 54, takes over from Glenn Roeder whilst the latter remains in hospital. It has been confirmed that Paul Goddard will remain as assistant manager, whilst Roger Cross has also been drafted in to the first team set up.
News of Brooking's appointment will come as no surprise to regular readers of KUMB; back in January we first reported that the former Hammers and England midfielder was ready to step into a management role as an aid to the under-fire Glenn Roeder.
But with Roeder out of action for the forseeable future and no money available to hire another manager on a temporary basis Brooking has agreed to fill the void as the Hammers attempt to avoid relegation.
It is a no-lose situation for the Hammers idol; should the team be relegated it will be no more than is already expected. Should Brooking achieve the unlikely and help the team avoid the drop he can expect his iconic status to improve tenfold!
Speaking following the announcement earlier this morning, Trevor said:
"This seems to be the most sensible solution to preserve the continuity that Glenn and his back-room team have put into place.
"We aim to keep the momentum going that everyone has achieved over the last eight matches when 15 points have been gained."
Brooking's first game in charge will be this weekend when the Hammers visit Maine Road to tackle Manchester City, where his opposite number will be Kevin Keegan - the man with whom Brooking formed a formidable partnership at international level during the late 1970's.
MD Paul Aldridge explained the decision to appoint Brooking; speaking on the Club website this morning he said:
"We felt we needed someone else to fill the void left by Glenn. The board felt that with Trevor's knowledge, experience, and excellent reputation, coupled with the respect we know he commands from the players, he would be the ideal man for the job.
"We all know that Trevor continues to be a great servant of the club and his help has been particularly invaluable in the last few days.
"The reaction of the playing and non-playing staff has been very positive, and, from a football point of view, the focus remains firmly on getting the results that we need."
Some supporters have criticised the decision to appoint a man who appears outwardly to lack the necessary steel required for such a demanding position.
But that aside, there is little doubt that Brooking has a shrewd footballing brain and will no doubt command the respect of his players as they seek to win their final three games of the season.
KUMB wishes Trevor all the very best of luck.
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