Song's Sadness

Rigobert Song admits he is still struggling to come to terms with the departure of Harry Redknapp - and wishes the man who signed him was still at the club.

"I was shocked when Harry left," he says, "and it is difficult for me because he bought me and now he has left.

"He has been a long time at the club, and secondly, he has done very well.

"He brought good players in who did well for West Ham; but I'm not a director.

"Whoever comes, I want to work hard for them, and I am just waiting to see what will happen."

Rigo was one of Harry's more recent purchases, and it is clear that the defender, who was critical of Gerard Houllier when he left - though not as strong with his comments as Titi Camara - holds him in high esteem.

He even accepted a fine from Cameroon when, albeit with their prior permission, he opted to face Southampton in the penultimate game of the season rather than play for his country.

"Every time he talked about me he gives me a lot of confidence, especially in the last four weeks.

"He wanted me to stay and play when I should have been with Cameroon, and every player likes to hear that.

"I think we were improving and then the season finished and we avoided relegation which was the first thing.

"I don't know who the manager should be; we are just waiting to know."

When Harry's successor is appointed, Rigo will be amongst the first to talk to him. "I will call the club when the new man is chosen," he says, "because I have a game for Cameroon against Togo on July 1, then we play Zambia, and I want to have a one week break.

"We are due back on the 11th but I will ask to come back on the 18th.

"I need to have a good rest because I want to be very strong at the start of the season."

Cameroon won one Confederation cup game in Japan, against Craig Forrest's Canada, and lost two, 2-0 defeats against Brazil and Japan.

Rigo has today returned to France before going to Cameroon to see his family next week prior to resuming his international duties with his country.

As for the notion that Glenn Roeder might be the man, he replies: "That question is difficult to me because if you say you like this person or that it's not easy.

"Glenn was a good manager for that last game of the season and he did vey well in training in that last week.

"We are all professionals and we have to do only one thing - to defend the colours of the team.

"I accept anyone who comes; West Ham has a good opportunity to be in the top five next season."