Rob Bids Farewell

Rob Lee is hoping to go into coaching or management - as well as extending his playing career by another season.

Hammers fan Rob was released by West Ham in the summer after joining in the last close season having fulfilled a lifetime ambition of playing for the club.

He made his debut on the first day of the campaign against Preston and featured heavily early on, but with Alan Pardew bringing in several fresh faces to Upton Park the situation changed.

"It hasn't gone as well as I thought it was going to go at the start of the season but unfortunately these things happen in football so you have to get on with it," he says.

"I would have liked it to have been a more successful stay but it wasn't to be and it was nice to wear the claret and blue, albeit tinged with disappointment that I wasn't playing at the end.

"It is all about opinions and Alan Pardew's opinion was that I wasn't good enough to get in the team - and I certainly respect his decision even if I didn't agree.

"I have got no hard feelings at all with anybody there, and I got on well with everybody from the cook to Paul Aldridge, so I left very amicably indeed."

As for West Ham's chances of going up next season, he is optimistic.

"I think we have a chance though next season it is going to be a bit tougher with Wolves and Leeds coming down," he says.

"It won't be impossible but you need a good start, and we need a few more quality players, especially if we lose a few more."

As for his own plans, he adds:

"I am going to have a nice family holiday and I will see what comes in; I would like to continue to play, maybe as a player/coach or even a player/manager somewhere.

"I am leaving it open at the moment, and I haven't officially retired yet, but, if nothing comes up playing-wise which appeals to me, then I will do."