West Ham United Press Release

West Ham United Managing Director, Paul Aldridge, wishes to clarify the situation regarding when Alan Pardew will be taking charge of the team.

The court order only allows Alan to take up his position as manager of the Club as from Saturday 18th October 2003. This obviously prevents him from being involved with training and all team affairs prior to the Burnley game.

It has therefore always been the Club's intention for Trevor Brooking to remain as caretaker-manager for the Burnley match with Alan taking full control for all subsequent games.

Alan will, of course, be present at the Boleyn Ground on 18th October and will be visiting the home dressing room to wish his new players all the best of luck for the game.