Trevor's Dilemma

Trevor Brooking insists he was never going to change his mind about taking the vacant managerial post at Upton Park - but admits it hasn't been an easy time for him of late being told by all and sundry he should do!

Speaking frankly about his thoughts over the last week or so, he confesses: "It is a difficult one. The players and the fans have been amazing and I think everyone has known that I was initially just trying to do those two games last week, and hopefully we can try and resolve it.

"We will naturally see how it moves on this week but in the meantime I am caretaker manager and I shall try and prepare for the Reading game as I have done in the previous games. We want to try and make sure we stay in that top half a dozen at the top of the table.

"But of course it is difficult. The atmosphere at all the games has been terrific and the fans are unbelievable.

"Obviously wherever you go people are encouraging you to do it - but I think people know my family has never been keen on me going into the managerial scene, and even to do it this year would be a long eight months' stint.

"I think if we can get the right person we should do that, someone who knows the division, because to try and bounce back in the first season is essential if we can - and I think it needs that knowledge and experience of how this division works.

"Once you start again on Saturday you have suddenly got seven games in three weeks, though one of them is a cup game, and that is 18 points up for grabs.

"We need to try and make sure we get some consistency in our squad and our play."

Alan Pardew's name has been mentioned in connection with the post recently, and Trevor says simply: "You have got to go through the system of asking permission and that has been rejected.

"I am just thinking about concentrating on the Reading game - they are a very good side and I think it will be our toughest game of the season so far.

"We want to try and get that result and then see what unravels itself as the week goes on."

Trevor is focused on preparations for that game and bringing in a left back, either Wayne Quinn or Robbie Elliott from Newcastle, knowing that facing the Royals will be a tough match.

"I have watched them in clips and whatever. They are well organised, enthusiastic, and at the moment unbeaten - so they have got a lot of things going for them," he says.

"But so have we and we are at home where the fans will play their part.

"It will be a pretty tense affair and very competitive, I am sure, but it is an important game even this early in the season."