Filed: Wednesday, 10th March 2010
By: Staff Writer
Goalkeeping coach Ludek Miklosko has parted company with the club.
Former Czech international Miklosko, popularly known by Hammers fans as 'Ludo' said his goodbyes earlier today, thereby ending a 20-year association with West Ham United.
The reasons for Miklosko's departure are as yet unconfirmed although one suggestion is that the 48-year-old has been suffering with ill health. He was absent for several weeks earlier in the season with a reported slipped disc.
Unconfirmed rumours suggest that Miklosko is set to be replaced by former Mansfield and Chelsea goalkeeper Kevin Hitchcock.
47-year-old Hitchcock has worked alongside Mark Hughes at both Blackburn and Manchester City, but has been out of work since Hughes was fired by the Citizens.
KUMB.com would like to wish Ludo all the very best for the future.
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by Lee Probyn Hoxton
10:22AM 19th Mar 2010
''Ludo is a legend...when I heard the news I just thought 'I hope it's not to do with cost cutting'.
I hope Sullivan and Gold become less vocal in the media, because they are annoying!''
by Roy Winfield
12:37PM 18th Mar 2010
''Just like everybody else, good luck for the future Ludo, thanks for the memories.''
09:12PM 17th Mar 2010
''Good luck for the future Ludo. A true Hammers legend and one of the best 'keepers we've had at the club. I hope that he has not left under the current cost cutting exercise.
by Mark Rogers
09:26AM 16th Mar 2010
''I don't often comment on here but felt compelled to.
Ludo Legend. Good luck my friend.
Ludo was a great keeper and although I never met him he came across as a real gentleman.
I'm sure I speak for many a fan when I say best of luck for the future and thanks for all the hard work and commitment you have put in for the Hammers over the last 20 years.
You will be sorely missed mate.''
08:12AM 16th Mar 2010
''Ludo, you're the best. I am gutted that you have gone. You, as one fan has already said, were the best and the most loyal player we have. As they say, "oi big boy, wots your name". Take care buddy, I will have a beer for your health. They will still shout your name, you see.''
08:53AM 12th Mar 2010
''Can't say how much I'll miss the Green warm up with Ludo firing in those testing drives. Agree with others that this can't be cost cutting and wish Ludo well for the future and good health.
Like others still can see the "obscene" performance against Man U - what a day. Hope he will soon make an appearance for another chorus of "Oi Big Boy what's your name". Good Luck Ludo you're a star...''
08:49PM 11th Mar 2010
''Ludo was and is a God!''
06:09PM 11th Mar 2010
''I remember see him coming out of Boots in Romford, a giant of a man. He was wearing a pair of huge white trainers and carrying a carrier bag of shopping in each of those giant mits. I called out "oi Ludo!" - I clearly startled him because he nearly dropped all his shopping.
I said "hope you don't do that on Saturday!" He laughed graciously and gave me a wave. Lovely man and a fantastic keeper.''
by Niran Ade-Onojobi
01:00PM 11th Mar 2010
''Ludo is a legendary figure who will be remembered for his heroics,loyalty and mentoring.
Without doubt he will be missed. He has left an indelible footprint in the sands of time and deserves to be included in Hammers Hall of Fame.''
12:22PM 11th Mar 2010
''All the best for the future Ludo, It was an honour and a privilege to have watched you play at the Boleyn Ground. You are a legend.''
by Aussie Al
07:58AM 11th Mar 2010
''Good luck Ludo, and thanks for the memories; you really were one of the best 'keepers we ever had.''
10:22PM 10th Mar 2010
''Good luck Ludo, you were my hero as a kid!''
08:19PM 10th Mar 2010
''So sad to hear the news, as everyone else has said I really hope it's not a cost cutting decision. Ludo was my first favourite Hammers player, remember the last day of the season performance that stopped Man Utd winning the league?
What a goalie. Good luck Ludo.''
by Terry Bonds
03:08PM 10th Mar 2010
''Gutted, loved all those games I went to where he was the goalie... "Ludo what's the score, Ludo Ludo what's the score?"
Good luck Ludo!''
by gerry balding
01:01PM 10th Mar 2010
Sorry to see you go. You will never be forgotten, you are a true Hammers legend.
Thanks for all you did for the Hammers. Good luck and best wishes for the future.''
by YOUNG C
12:28PM 10th Mar 2010
''Ludo is a legend. It will be weird not seeing him warming up Greeno before a match but he had a great stint.
Good luck Ludo. Oi big boy, what’s your name..........''
11:09AM 10th Mar 2010
''How sad. He is such a legend to me. Good luck to Ludo in whatever he does. I hope it is a personal reason why he has left and that Gold/Sullivan haven't included him in the cost cutting exercise. LUDO! LUDO! LUDO!''
10:40AM 10th Mar 2010
''NO! A true Hammers and football legend, in the nicest possible way I hope it is through injury and not another cost cutting measure. He will be sorely missed.
Best of luck for the future, Ludo.''