Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hammers Go West

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hammers Go West

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West Ham could lose some big names from their senior squad - as well as manager Glenn Roeder - as they count the cost of relegation to the First Division.

Premiership clubs will be queuing up to try to sign the Hammers' star players, with skipper Joe Cole, fellow midfielder Wallsend-born Michael Carrick and young striker Jermain Defoe the star attractions.

West Ham may struggle to hold on to the key members of their team as they come to terms with the financial consequences of dropping out of the top flight.

First of all, there is a question mark over the future of former Newcastle United defender Roeder.

Not only will his job be at risk as a result of his team's disappointing season, but there is also the issue of his health.

The likeable 47-year-old might not be physically able to return to management, depending on the long-term effects of the stroke he suffered.

It will be very difficult for goalkeeper David James to justify his position as England's successor to David Seaman while playing First Division football, and it is no secret that Manchester United have previously considered him as a replacement for the ageing Fabien Barthez.

In defence, Nigel Winterburn will be 40 this year and is expected to finally hang up his boots when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Gary Breen was one of the stars of last summer's World Cup finals for the Republic of Ireland and when he then joined the Hammers he signed only a year's contract as he wanted to keep his options open.

It is in midfield where West Ham could find themselves wiped out.

Cole and Carrick are fiercely loyal to the club, but if clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United make approaches for them it will be hard to resist the temptation to swap Division One football to play on the biggest stage and

Lee Bowyer was signed only until the end of the season.

"so who goes and who stays

Paolo Di Canio: Certain to leave the Hammers after his contract expires this summer following the club's refusal to offer a new deal. …

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