Paul: It's Great News

Paul Goddard is extremely relieved that Glenn Roeder is progressing well in hospital, and is now out of intensive care.

The news has, naturally, been well received at the club, and Paul says: "It has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone involved at the football club, and me personally as a good friend of Glenn and a colleague.

"Glenn has not been well but he has made good strides now. I have not spoken to him but we are all thinking of him and his family and this time."

Paul says that he was moved that Glenn's wife and daughter, despite the ordeal they were going through, took time out to go to the Chadwell Heath training base in the build up to the Manchester City game to talk to the club captain, Steve Lomas, and team captain Joe Cole.

"It is a great tribute to his wife Faith and daughter Holly that they came in the other day and spoke to Joe and Steve and conveyed good wishes for Sunday's game," he says.

"That took remarkable courage from the two of them in these circumstances - and during a very, very difficult time.

"I don't think any of us expected anything different, the ones who know Glenn, Faith, and the family.

"The emotions that the game provided was a stern test for everyone and it was a big initiation for Trevor there."

Paul is not discounting the good effect the visit had on team morale, and adds: "The players showed remarkable resilience on Sunday. It wasn't an exhilerating performance of high quality but it was one where we had to dig in - and we got a great result."