Alan: Be Inspired

Alan Pardew hopes that Hammers fan Gary Teeley, who was guest of honour at the home game against Coventry City on Saturday, can help inspire his side in the run-in to the playoffs.

Gary was captured in Iraq recently and feared for his life before being released - with photographs of him being released worldwide wearing a West Ham shirt.

Says Alan:

"It was emotional meeting him; he has had a very tough experience there, and it just goes to show how lucky we all are at times.

"There is certainly no one luckier than professional footballers and a manager managing a club, as well as the staff doing their job.

"So it is nice to get a kick into reality now and then and I am sure he enjoyed himself.

"I don't think anyone could doubt he is a true Hammers fan and we hopefully gave him a day that went some way to counteracting a really horrible week for him.

"It wasn't a publicity stunt; it was a genuine gesture that showed we do care about our supporters and we do as much as we can to look after them - even if there is a fair argument that our performances don't always suggest that.

"But we try our best."