Cole Thanks West Ham Manager
Carlton Cole has thanked West Ham manager Alan Curbishley for giving him an extended run in the first team.
"This is the first time ever I've had 15 games back to back in my whole career. Curbs has given me the opportunity to do so. I'm so happy right now and I couldn't be in a better place," Cole said.
"Everyone needs a manager who will stick by them through thick and thin, and usually players do find that a manager like Curbs is like that.
"I'm so happy right now and I couldn't be in a better place, and I'm going to try and do more for the manager over the coming months.”
Having defended Cole earlier in the year, when a lot of West Ham fans were on his back, I'm going to be a little ungenerous now by suggesting that this is a well timed reminder by Cole to Curbishley that he has done a job for the team. Unfortunately for Cole, with Bellamy and Zamora returning to fitness, he may find he won't get as many opportunities in the next few months.
Cole has proved that he can play an effective role as a target man, holding up the ball and providing assists for other players. However having scored only two goals in the league he will presumably soon make way for a fit Bellamy and may even find himself below Zamora in the starting line up.