Teddy loving coaching role

Teddy Sheringham is loving life at West Ham United after Saturday's 3-1 win over Liverpool took their goal tally to nine from their first five Barclays Premier League games of the season.

The former Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Hammers and England star's appointment has coincided with a more potent spell from the Hammers, with Sam Allardyce's men making a positive start to the season.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday programme, Sheringham was keen to praise the new attacking arrivals, who have all hit the ground running in E13.

"It's nothing to do with me!" he smiled. "We just brought a few new players in and had a fresh start in the summer. Valencia, Sakho and Zarate have all fitted in very quickly and we're off to a flying start, especially after winning on Saturday.

"It is very early days and we're all delighted with where we are at the moment, but we've got a long way to go to improve as well."

With nine goals under their belts a full six games quicker than last season, when it was 9 November before the ninth league goal arrived, there can be no doubt that the new boys have helped propel the Hammers forward in the opening weeks of the campaign.

Added to that, West Ham's tally of 26 shots on target this term is only bettered by Chelsea (32) and Southampton (27), and their pass-completion rate has improved by more than four percentage points from last season.

Sheringham says coaching the Club's wealth of attacking talent is a joy and the 48-year-old is delighted to be back involved in football for the first time since retiring as a player with Colchester United in 2008.

He explained: "I was out of the game for six years and was quite happy, enjoying my life. But I thought to myself I better take my coaching badges, so I signed up to do them last summer, and then Sam phoned me and asked if I fancied a job doing the strikers.

"It came along at a great time and it fitted perfectly for me, working with Sam as well. I knew him very briefly in my early days at Millwall, and I spoke to a couple of lads at West Ham about what he's like, and I thought to myself it's a perfect opportunity to get back in and have a look.

"I started doing Tuesdays and Thursdays, but after talking with Neil McDonald and the Gaffer, they prefer me going in for the two days leading up to a game and that works perfectly for me.

"Sam been fantastic for me, he lets me into all the meetings and tells me what goes on and what he has to get on with, other than football things. I've got every respect for him and I enjoy being around the way his man-management is. You can tell the lads love playing for him."