Fredi Fine

Fredi Kanoute is extremely relaxed - and possibly unique in this! - about who the next Hammers boss should be.

For reasons unknown, the name of Bastia coach Frederic Antonetti has been mentioned, so does Fredi think a foreign coach might be the way forward?

"I don't mind," he replies, with a smile and a gallic shrug.

Is he worried  who the next manager is, and will he have some career decisions to make as a result?

"No, I won't - no problem."

What he does have a strong view on, however, is that Glenn Roeder should stay, and he says: "I think personally Glenn is a good coach and I'd like him to stay; it was a little bit different with him in charge at Middlesbrough - the way of speaking to the players is different; he's very close to us."

He admits that the side were below par at Middlesbrough, however, and adds: "I think we had a lack of motivation or something like that maybe, I don't know; perhaps we were a bit tired.

"We were unlucky though because we had chances to score in the first half - me especially.

"I missed a couple before half time, and in the second half they got the ball and played well; after that it was very hard.

"We weren't very consistent all through this season and that match was typical of the campaign.

"Harry leaving changed something, but it's not because of that that we lost the game."

Sven-Goran Eriksson, meanwhile, is ruing the loss of Steve Mclaren from the England set-up and says:

"He's a very good coach, excellent, and a good man who knows about football and about players; I was sorry to lose him.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

"I don't know if he'll stay at Manchester United or leave, or what might happen to him if he leaves."