West Ham Look To The Future
Alan Pardew and Trevor Brooking both responded positively today to the take over of West Ham. Brooking has been impressed with Magnusson's comments about continuing the West Ham tradition.
"I think today more than anything there is a lot of relief around the West Ham fraternity that the matter has been resolved. It had been going on for several weeks and most people have said it has been affecting performances.
To be fair to the consortium that has now completed the deal, they have said the right things about the tradition of the club and developing young players so West Ham fans are comfortable with it."
Alan Pardew on the other hand is looking more towards the future of the club,
"We are very pleased Eggert has bought the club. We have this new consortium in place and we can move forward. Like all organisations, you need leadership from the top with a new vision of what they want to do. I have been enthused by that in my conversation with Mr Magnusson.
He has a strong feeling he would like to see European football here at Upton Park. We had a brief taste of it and unfortunately drew the best team in Italy. But there is no reason we can't try and achieve that this year with a great cup run or very strong finish to the league programme.
You have to set your goals high, we have always done that here and hopefully we can achieve those aims in the next three or four years."
In more good news Hayden Mullins has signed a new four year deal with the club. There had been rumours that contract renewals at West Ham had been put on hold during take over talks, which had caused some discontent amongst the players. So it is good to see the new consortium getting straight down to contract renewals.