Snodin looking forward to the challenge

New First Team Coach Glynn Snodin has spoken of his delight at the prospect of teaming up with Alan Curbishley and Mervyn Day again.

The 47-year-old was appointed on to the coaching staff this week having left his post at Southampton, and admits he can't wait to renew a working relationship that first began at Charlton Athletic eight years ago.

"I'm very much looking forward to the challenge," says Glynn. "West Ham United is a massive Club and I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity.

"To work with Curbs and Merv again will be fantastic, because I have a lot of respect for them both and enjoyed some great times with them when we worked together previously.

"Obviously I was on a different level then as I worked with the reserve team, but Curbs always had a keen interest in that side of things, and he was very influential on me as I progressed as a coach.

"To team up with him again in the Premiership is a great honour and I hope we can enjoy a lot of success together at West Ham United."

Having spent six years under Curbs at The Valley, the popular Yorkshireman moved to Southampton as First Team Coach in March 2006, and admits he can't wait for the challenge of working with top Premiership players at Upton Park.

"I just love being out on the field, coaching and being involved with the players," he says. "I like to keep the mood happy and positive, and have a laugh with the lads, but at the same time push them to work hard and play to their full potential.

"These are players at the very top of their profession, so it isn't so much about coaching them technically, more just making sure they are confident, motivated and enjoying their football.

"Man-management is very important, and the first requirement of any coach is to get that mutual respect with the players. That builds the platform for a good working relationship and hopefully means you can get the best out of individuals."

And having enjoyed an 18-year playing career as a full-back with the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and Oldham Athletic, Glynn also enjoyed a few playing appearances at Upton Park over the years, recalling one particular Hammers opponent with a smile.

"I do remember a few tussles at West Ham down the years, especially with Mark Ward!" he says. "Mark was a tough little winger and we had some good battles. I always used to enjoy playing at Upton Park, though, because the atmosphere was terrific and the fans were always so passionate.

"Hopefully, it will be just the same next season, with the team playing good football and winning matches. I'm looking forward to being a part of that and am very excited about the future here."