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Bywater joins Wolves....On Loan!
Charlie Mills  Saturday, July 14, 2001  21:18 GMT

Goalkeeper Stephen Bywater has joined first division Wolverhampton Wanderers for an initial three-month loan period. Manager Glenn Roeder was keen for England Under-21 international Bywater to gain regular first team experience elsewhere this season, a policy which has proved so successful before in the nuturing of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick amongst others.
Stimac Leaves
Charlie Mills  Saturday, July 14, 2001  21:14 GMT

Glenn Roeder has allowed Croatian defender Igor Stimac to leave Upton Park on compassionate grounds without demanding a fee. Stimac's youngest daughter Dea suffers badly from asthma, and endured problems while living in London. However, since arriving back in Croatia for a holiday this summer, her condition has improved, persuading the 33-year-old that he should move his family back home and continue his career with Hajduk Split, the club that gave him his break in football. Igor, who joined the Hammers from Derby County for £600,000 in September 1999, expressed his sadness at having to leave the Hammers saying: "I am still in Croatia at the moment and I have decided to stay here and join up with my former club, Hajduk Split. It was a very difficult decision to make but in the end it was not a footballing decision. Unfortunately my youngest daughter suffers from asthma and since we returned to Croatia she has been feeling much better. I spoke with my wife about this and she decided it would be far better to keep the family here in Croatia for the benefit of my daughter. The option was there for me to go back to England and stay with West Ham, but it would have been very hard for me to be without my family. My agent has been dealing with West Ham over the last few days and they have been very good and understanding about my situation. Now we are just waiting for the papers to be sorted out so I can register as a Hajduk player again. I have one year left on my West Ham contract but it has been agreed that I can move on a free transfer. Itís very disappointing for me to be leaving West Ham because I had a couple of great years there. It has been difficult recently with a couple of big players leaving and the manager moving on as well, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Upton Park. I actually planned to extend my contract and stay on at West Ham for a little longer but circumstances have prevented me from doing this. I hope the fans understand my position and I wish them and the club all the best for the future."
Goddard Returns as Assistant Manager
Charlie Mills  Saturday, July 14, 2001  21:09 GMT

Former Hammers striker Paul Goddard has returned to Upton Park as First Team Coach alongside new manager Glenn Roeder. Goddard, the clubís record £800,000 signing when he joined us as a player from QPR 20 years ago, was confirmed as Glennís No.2 on Thursday. Paul rejoined West Ham from Ipswich Town, where he gained a good reputation as coach to their successful under-19s. He completes the managerís backroom reshuffle, which sees the retention of Roger Cross as coach and Reserve team manager and Tony Carr as Youth Academy Director, while John McCarthy has been appointed fitness coach.
TC Hangs Up His Boots
Charlie Mills  Saturday, July 14, 2001  21:04 GMT

The legend that was Tony Cottee has officially retired. The 36 year old hit 147 goals at West Ham in a career which spanned 18 years, 9 of which were at his beloved Hammers. Cottee, who supported and stood on the terraces at Upton Park as a boy is hoping to resume day-to-day involvement in football by taking up a coaching or management role at some stage in the future. In the meantime he will stay in touch with the game through TV and radio work plus a development of his journalistic talents. Cotte said of his thoughts; "I'm going to be ticking over doing my media work and after I've had a bit of a break fom the day-to-day involvement of football, who knows what the future holds."
Roeder makes his first Calamity?!
Charlie Mills  Wednesday, July 11, 2001  23:25 GMT

England international goalkeeper David James has completed his £3.5 million transfer from Premiership rivals Aston Villa. The keeper, who has often been nicknamed, Calamity James has been capped four times by his country, including three appearances last season. He finalised terms late last night and signed his new four-year contract at Upton Park earlier today.
Confident of James Signing!
Charlie Mills  Tuesday, July 10, 2001  21:51 GMT

West Ham tonight are very confident that England international goalkeeper David James will complete his transfer from Premiership rivals Aston Villa to Upton Park tomorrow.
Pre Season Fixtures
Charlie Mills  Sunday, July 08, 2001  00:03 GMT

West Hams pre season will look like this in the summer.
Hammers Go Dutch Before Curtain Raiser!
Charlie Mills  Sunday, July 08, 2001  00:01 GMT

West Ham announced today that Glenn Roederís Hammers are going Dutch to complete their pre-season build-up on August 11. Hammers will fly to the Channel island of Jersey to face Dutch first division side FC Utrecht in their final friendly before the following Saturdayís Premiership curtain-raiser at Liverpool. Manager Glenn Roeder is looking forward to a tough examination against opponents who have qualified for Europe next season. He says: ĎUtrecht will be a good test for us because they did very well last season, finishing fifth in the Dutch first division and qualifying for the UEFA Cup.
The Race for Freddie Hottens Up
Charlie Mills  Tuesday, July 03, 2001  22:08 GMT

French man Freddie Kanoute will not be allowed to leave West Ham for less the 15 million pounds. The centre forward, who impressed many last season with his ability on both the ground and in the air has stated he would like to move to Fulham who have reportedly placed an 8 million pound bid. Recent news has suggested Aston Villa, treble winners Liverpool and Serie A giants Juventus were also looking at the former U21 year old who it now looks likely will be following Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard out of Upton Park.
Pay per View! West Ham Vs Blackburn
Charlie Mills  Tuesday, July 03, 2001  22:05 GMT

Travel-weary Hammers fans who donít fancy a hard slog on the motorways to attend the away match against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, October 14, can now save their petrol and ticket money and watch it at home instead. For our FA Barclaycard Premiership game at Ewood Park against newly-promoted Rovers is one of the first 11 games selected for live broadcast under the new pay-per-view (ppv) agreement. The long haul from the south-east to Lancashire is one of the most arduous away trips southern-based West Ham fans face all season, so the prospect of inviting a few mates round to watch the game live on the telly will no doubt appeal to many who already subcribe to the likes of Sky, or are considering the satellite option.
First Signing Announced
Charlie Mills  Tuesday, July 03, 2001  22:02 GMT

Glenn Roeder has completed his first signing as manager, popular Frenchman, Sebastien Schemmel.
Freddie Reveals Fulham Hope
Charlie Mills  Sunday, July 01, 2001  20:04 GMT

Star striker Frederic Kanoute told SkySports.ComTV on Thursday that he wants to swap the East End for the West End and join Jean Tigana's Fulham. The 23 year old Frenchman was one of former manager Harry Redknapps last signings and proved a major hit with the fans. King Kanoute combines explosive pace with a strong athletic approach although his inconsistency and poor goals to shot ratio have been a let down. Kanoute has been linked with a trio of top clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Italians, Juventus all have recently been linked with moves for the former U21 star.
Two Sky Showings
Charlie Mills  Wednesday, June 27, 2001  23:27 GMT

West Ham United will appear in two live games in the first half of the new season following Sky TV's announcement of their featured Premiership matches.
Chelsea Home Game Rearranged
Charlie Mills  Tuesday, June 26, 2001  21:50 GMT

Chelsea will not be the first visitors to Upton Park next season after all.
Ludo New Keeping Coach
Charlie Mills  Monday, June 25, 2001  21:00 GMT

Glenn Roeder announced today his first signing of the season, that of new goalkeeping coach, former goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko/ The big Czech who was well liked during his 9 years at Upton Park has joined as part of the new look back room staff being employed by the new boss. After being released by QPR Miklosko was looking for a place to expand his football education and has been welcomed with open arms at the Boleyn. As one man comes though another leaves as Les Sealey is released from the same position. 'The Cat' provided a smile all the time at his time with the club, particularly at Highbury where he played as an outfield player to the Hammers fans tune of "We all agree Sealey is better then Bergkamp!"
Fixtures Announced
Charlie Mills  Thursday, June 21, 2001  19:58 GMT

New boss Glenn Roeder faces a baptism of fire to his managerial career in the Premiership, after West Ham were handed a tough away trip to treble Cup winners Liverpool on Saturday, August 18 - the opening day of the new 2001-02 season.
Schemmel First Transfer?
Charlie Mills  Wednesday, June 20, 2001  23:57 GMT

It looks likely that right wing back Sebastian Schemmel will be new manager, Glenn Roeders first signing. The French man who joined the Hammers on loan in the middle of last season proved a big hit with his attacking runs down the right hand side. Schemmel, who only 2 years ago was being linked with moves to Juventus has already declared his love for West Ham and the supporters and at a cut price 500k the deal should soon be finalised.
Psycho Moves City!!
Charlie Mills  Wednesday, June 20, 2001  23:46 GMT

Stuart Pearce says that the challenge of going to Manchester City as player-coach was too good to resist - but he will be keeping a close eye on West Ham's progress next season.
Frankie crosses London in £11 million switch
Charlie Mills  Saturday, June 16, 2001  20:26 GMT

After his father and uncles dismissals from the Boleyn 22 year old Frank Lampard has finally moved across London to UEFA cup contenders Chelsea. Lampard, who has expressed his unhappiness after his father was sacked believes the move will increase his England chances although he admits he spent some great years at the Hammers. The fee is thought to be at the £11 million pound mark with Blues boss, Ranieri doubling the box to box midfielders wages to around £40,000.
Roeder appointed new manager!
Charlie Mills  Saturday, June 16, 2001  20:23 GMT

West Ham announced their new manager on Wednesday, Glenn Roeder. Roeder who was brought in by previous manager Hary Redknapp as a coach takes the job after the boards initial promise of a big name, top class manager. The likeable Londoner takes the job after a stint as caretaker manager where his team lost the game 2-1 away at Middlesbrough. He has a reported 15 million pounds to spend although many fans are unhappy of what looks like a step back for the club. Chairman, Terrence Brown has made a statement declaring that all season ticket holders can get a refund of their money if they are not happy with the appointment, the results are yet to be seen.
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