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2013-05-01T08:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:47:26

The Big Interview - Trevor Morley

Trevor Morley enjoyed five years scoring goals for the Hammers in the early 1990s and now spends his time analyising the Barclays Premier League action for Norwegian television.

The 52-year-old former Hammers, Manchester City and Reading striker returned to east London last week to film a feature on the Hammers and stopped him for a chat. 

First of all Trevor, what brings you back to the Boleyn Ground?

TM - "The weather! I live in Norway now and it's cold, but it's nice and sunny here at the moment. No, I work on the Premier League [as a pundit] in Norway. They're massive fans of the Premier League in Norway, they love it, so my boss asked me to come over, check out West Ham, try to get a couple of interviews and get a bit of footage for the people in Norway and Scandinavia."


You spent five years here as a player in the early nineties. You must have great memories of playing here?

TM - "Oh, it's amazing. Just to come back brings all the memories back - it's a fantastic place, I loved my time here. The crowd were incredible really and just to be stopped and asked for autographs after all these years is brilliant."

When you come back here, which games stick in your memory from your time at the Club?

TM - "The home form has been good this season and we used to love the night games on Mondays or Wednesdays in my time too. The atmosphere was always buzzing and it wasn't often that we got beaten here in the midweek games. I miss the supporters, these East Enders are real supporters and I love them."

What have you made of West Ham's progress for their first year back in the Barclays Premier League?

TM - "Excellent really. They've always kept themselves above the danger zone and haven't ever really been sucked in. They've picked up wins when they've needed to and never really had a bad run. You've seen teams like Norwich and Villa have a real slump, but that hasn't happened to West Ham. They had a good little run going up to the weekend and of course the home form has been superb. All-in-all it's been more than satisfying to finish around mid-table this season."

How big an achievement would it be for the Hammers to finish in the top ten, considering it is the first season back?

TM - "It would be brilliant. I was there at the Play-Off final with my TV crew and when you think of the fine margins that day, it was a 50-50 game but West Ham won it. To come up and now be top ten in the table, that's excellent. With the Premier League as strong as it is now, it's a good return."

You talk about the special support the Club gets. There's the chance for it to move forward with the Olympic Stadium now - how big an opportunity do you think it is?

TM - "It's massive. I was actually a little sceptical at first, but I was watching Karren Brady's video the other day and it's a chance you can't miss. There are so many great memories here, but you have to move on. What a stadium the Olympic Stadium is, and the Club will be able to get more support coming in, with the extra finance that brings."

The accessibility will be better at the new stadium too, and I know the Premier League is well supported in Norway. How big is it out there?

TM - "The Premier League is huge in Norway. When I last came back here I was with the Scandinavian Hammers and there was quite a group of them. Manchester United can get 2,000 people travelling to watch the games, Liverpool too, so I think it's important for clubs like West Ham to attract these people from all different parts of the world. They idolise the Premier League."

In your time there were plenty of Norwegian players in the Premier League, could there be a new crop in the future?

TM - "Not at the moment because they're not having the best of times. I think it's more the African, Asian and American nations that are going to come through now, Unfortunately the national team isn't at its strongest. Fulham have Hangeland and of course there was Solsjkaer at Man Utd, but maybe it's a couple of years before there are some more coming through."

Just finally there's a player who used to play here, and who you must have come up against in your time, Brian Deane, who is currenly managing in Norway for top flight team Sarpsborg. How is he getting on?

TM - ""He's had a good start. He's very enthusiastic and he knows what he wants to do. I think it's a good idea for him to get away from England and get a coaching job out there. I played in Norway and their training methods were very advanced at that time, so he'll learn some different things from being in a foreign country that you don't always get in England."


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