Ludek Miklosko dropped into West Ham United's Chadwell Heath training ground this week to talk about his life after football, the Czech Republic and of course the Hammers.

The 1991 Hammer of the Year is now working for a sporting agency after leaving the club as goalkeeping coach in March 2010, but still keeps a keen eye on the goings on in east London. He was delighted to see West Ham not only return to the Barclays Premier League, but make an impressive start to their new season

"I have not seen any games yet but I have seen the results, which have been fantastic," said Ludo. "It is great for the club to be back in the Barclays Premier League.

"It is where they need to be and I am very happy that they are doing well. Hopefully after a very good start they can continue to play well throughout the season and finish in the top half."

Miklosko also hailed the impact of Jussi Jaaskelainen, after the Hammers new No22 kept his third clean sheet in four games against Norwich City last weekend. The Finland international is now 37, but Miklosko believes that talent is the only attribute that should matter when it comes to goalkeepers.

"He is a fantastic goalkeeper, who has proved it in the Premier League over the course of many years. He has great experience and it is so far proving to be a great move for him.

"I think that sometimes as a goalkeeper age isn't important, it all depends on how he is feeling and if he is feeling well he can continue to play for a few more years."

Like many professional footballers, Mikloško was faced with the question of what to do next after retiring, but after a spell in coaching he admitted he was simply happy to still be involved in the game.

"I am working for a sporting investment agency which tries to find young talent in the Czech Republic - I am looking after the goalkeepers who have already signed.

"It is very different to trying to keep the ball out of the net but I am just happy to still be working in football, which for me is the most important thing.

"Hopefully we will see more Czech players come and play for West Ham in the future, especially younger players whose development would be aided by coming to England.

"I am back in England because I came to see Marek Štěch, who left West Ham in the summer to join Yeovil. I think Yeovil are very pleased with him and the way he is progressing, I think it is just what he needed," explained Ludo.

"He needed to drop down a few levels and also start playing regularly, now he is he can build from there."

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