Paul: On We Go

Paul Goddard says he is enjoying enormously working with Trevor Brooking in what is proving to be a somewhat extended caretaker role for the Hammers legend.

But he had anticipated a permanent successor to Glenn Roeder to have been appointed by now and explains: "I must admit I didn't think this was going to happen. After the Ipswich game I thought that would be the last game the three of us would have done, though we haven't got a bad record if you count last year's games as well.

"But it has been a pleasure to work with Trevor. He has been great and we are very, very lucky that we have got a person like him to step in - he has taken to it like a duck to water.

"Myself and Roger have been able to help and we have controlled the coaching as well as being able to give our input to Trevor on all matters."

But Paul says the ending of the uncertainty about the new man, whenever that may be, will be good for all concerned and adds: "We need the new manager in place, everyone does, including the coaching staff so we can start stepping forward.

"We have done with Trevor but we need to know where we stand."

Paul admits he didn't have too many players to work with last week and adds: "The worrying thing is when you look at how many people are on the training ground but last week it was 5-a-side - with one or two youth players in!

"But it was good, and it gives you the chance to knuckle down and get some intense work done - but there is a big schedule coming up."