Robbo Pleased

Former midfielder Mark Robson says Glenn Roeder has done "exceptionally well" to guide West Ham to seventh place in the league table this season.

Mark, who provided co-commentary for this site on the last day of the campaign, has been impressed with what he has seen of the Hammers under Glenn, and says of the scenes after the win over Bolton to secure seventh spot: "It was a deserved victory and there were a lot of people faces around the ground at the end of the game; I was looking at the faces of the players and the staff, and there seems to be a very good team spirit.

"There's nothing like having good relationships within the squad because it makes life a lot easier when everyone works hard for each other.

"Glenn is a great character and had a lot of ability as a player; I know he has taken that into management and West Ham have got a great manager for the future.

"Glenn has done exceptionally well; there were a few who thought West Ham would go down, but to be fair to Glenn he has really taken it by the scruff of the neck and got on with the job.

"You don't often see him ranting and raving; he has done ever so well and I'm very pleased for him."

Mark, who now works at Charlton as academy director, is only too aware that their first team boss Alan Curbishley was a target for West Ham when Harry Redknapp resigned last summer, and adds: "One thing that Harry left here was lots of good players; Glenn has taken it up and I think he has made it more disciplined, certainly on the pitch.

"Perhaps that is what was needed, and it has been made more secure and sound after being tightened up at the back."