Glenn: Let's Stop The Nonsense

Glenn Roeder insists that there is no animosity from him towards his predecessor.
Despite the innuendo in certain quarters, which has reached a height this week, he insists:
"My relationship with Harry? This is the last time I'm going to talk about it, and I know from speaking to Harry on the telephone yesterday he won't bring it up either.
"He has had a skinful of it as I have had a skinful of it.
"We have both done interviews in the past 10 days where we have covered all sorts of things, but even in positive pieces it can be made, if you cut it around enough, to look as if you are having a go at each other, and that is not the case."
In a lengthy newspaper interview this week, in which, amongst other things, he is quoted as saying the only great coach he has seen is Ron Greenwood, he says that he gave Glenn a job after meeting him at a dinner.
It is a point that Glenn naturally does not dispute.
"Harry gave me a job in the first place," he says, "which I will always be grateful for, because to work for West Ham is an honour - and he gave me that opportunity.
"We are still friends, we still talk on the telephone, and both of us are sick and tired of it and we are both now absolutely nailing it down for good that neither of us have got a problem with each other.
"I'm not looking for any apologies; I don't need him to be saying sorry about anything, just as he didn't ask me to say sorry about anything that got misconstrued from me."
While, privately, Glenn might be at a loss to explain what he may or may not have said that could have made Harry react, he says that he is still learning about life under the microscope.
"We both know how the media can stir things up at times, and he has certainly got more experience in that department than I have, but I am learning fast."
While Glenn may have a different public persona to Harry, he insists their football philosophy is broadly the same.
"Basically we have got the same thinking on how we want to see our football teams play: he certainly maintained the West Ham tradition of playing attractive football," says Glenn.
"He has had a long career as manager here with a three year spell where we were in the top half of the table, which everyone at the club was obviously delighted with.
"All of us were really disappointed with the way it went wrong for us last year, with us just scrambling over the line with two games to go.
"I obviously want to maintain the tradition of West Ham playing attractive football but I also know that not only must we play attractive football, we must first and foremost play winning football.
"I am trying to marry the two together, attractive football and winning football, which Harry did well."
Harry phoned Glenn this week to clear the air, and he says:
"Everything has been sorted out and it has all been put to bed.
"It has all been taken out of context and a lot of it was bits and pieces from what Harry said and what I had said to make negative reading."
It is a generous assessment from Glenn, who admits he was disappointed not to bump into Frank Lampard - either of them - on Wednesday.
Those are hardly the thoughts of a man supposedly at loggerheads with the previous regime.
"I didn't see Frank senior though I would have liked to have seen him, but to be honest I didn't see Frank junior either," says Glenn.
"We have all got our jobs to do and I spend about two hours before the game in the dressing room because, at the end of the day, matches are what it is all about.
"You are working; it might be entertainment and pleasure for supporters - and rightly so - but for managers it is our place of work where we have to be concentrating and doing the job right."
Harry, for his part, has insisted that he and Glenn are still "mates" and that he wants to draw a line under the whole affair.
His philosophy during his reign at Upton Park was always that life is too short to bear grudges and he once joked that if he did bear a grudge against every player he fell out with he wouldn't be talking to any of them...