Trevor: I've Spoken To Glenn

Trevor Brooking says he has spoken to Glenn Roeder recently - and the former manager has told the caretaker that he really wants West Ham to have a successful campaign.

Glenn has, of course, maintained his dignity in the aftermath of his leaving Upton Park, and Trevor confirms:

"I have spoken to Glenn; he lives not far from me, I popped round, and we had a long chat.

"He is okay, taking the situation in now, and accepting it; he is obviously disappointed and I am sure at some stage he will want to get back because he is very much a football person.

"I am sure it will take time for him and his family to take stock and do whatever they want to do in their time.

"But I am certain we will stay in touch and hopefully I will keep them posted as we tick along."

Trevor has guided the Hammers to three two wins out of two this season since taking over on a temporary basis, and hopes to make it a hat trick against Alan Pardew's Reading on Saturday.

"He was delighted that we took the points that we did and that everyone has responded so we are in a decent position at this stage," reveals Trevor.

"There are still just over 40 games to go and you can see it beginning to take shape with the likes of West Brom, Sunderland, Sheffield United, and obviously Reading up there - and we need to be within touching distance of those.

Trevor says he will limit his transfer dealing to a left back from Newcastle this week - either Wayne Quinn or Robbie Elliot - and adds:

"I certainly would like a left back sorted by Saturday and after that I think we probably have a good idea where we need a couple at least - but I would prefer that to be done by anyone that comes in.

"As far as the left back is concerned, it is a one month loan, but it can be extended to see how everyone goes.

"The new man will have their own thoughts, so you don't want to clog up the works and limit what they can do in the market when they come in."

On the international front, David Connolly starts for the Republic of Ireland under Brian Kerr for Tuesday's friendly international against Turkey at Lansdowne Road; former Hammer Gary Breen comes in to the centre of the Irish defence in the absence of Kenny Cunningham.

Don Hutchison remains on the injured list for Scotland and will play no part in Wednesday's Euro 2004 qualifier with Germany in Dortmund; he also missed Saturday's win over the Faroe Islands.

But Christian Dailly, who missed Saturday's match because of suspension, returns.