Downes looking up

Wally Downes has made a quick impression at West Ham United and is fired up for Saturday's meeting with Wigan Athletic.

The new addition to the coaching staff has been working with the players in the lead up to the crunch Boleyn Ground fixture. The 49-year-old has plenty of experience as a player and coach, and had already been reviewing the club's performances of late before coming in.

"Initially Avram asked me to have a look at a few of the goals that have gone in recently and where it could be different," he told WHUTV. "Basically It is easy to organise and tighten up a defence more than it is to put the attacking philosophies into the players."


With only two days for him to work at Chadwell Heath this week, Downes has focused on having an instant impact. "You can make a short sharp difference with some structural stuff with defenders, give them a bit of attitude and aggression.

"I went up to Liverpool. Although it was a bad performance it no way reflected the way the team has been playing recently. The amount of games the team has been in front of and could have won, there is obviously a disappointment that builds up and that culminated in the Liverpool performance. That has gone now though.

"There is a chance to push on for Saturday and with the fans behind everyone, I am sure the players will be up for it. It is a great time to wipe the slate clean. It's about aggression and a will to win. It is about the players and making sure they are on the front foot."

Log on to WHUTV now to hear more from Downes on his career and football philosophy.