Md Denies Report

MD Paul Aldridge insists that he has not, as has been reported, had a meeting with Alan Curbishley on Friday afternoon.

"I can categorically deny that," he insists.

"This morning I was in meetings about the hotel in the new development and then I flew with the team for the game against Middlesbrough.

"We all hope, for the sake of Glenn and our supporters, that we can finish the season with a win, and keep our position.

"I know everyone has been working hard in preparation for this game, so let's hope that pays off."

As for the managerial situation, he stresses:

"We have not completed our shortlist and we have an open mind; but the immediate concern is to win this last game of the season.

"The most important thing is to get the appointment right - however long that takes."

He confirms that Norwegian club Bryne had asked to take Raggy Soma, whom they sold to the Hammers for £800,000 this season, back on loan as they are third from bottom of the top flight.

It would have afforded Raggy, seen very much as a star of the future, to get some first team games in over the summer - and the player was keen.

But Paul reveals:

"You can only do it from country to country for three months, unless you get special permission from UEFA.

As that could not be guaranteed, and we did not want him to miss preseason with us, we could not agree to the proposal, unfortunately."