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Former Hammer calls on Nobes and Ginge to step up

Former Hammer Nigel Reo-Coker has told BBC Radio 5 listeners that Mark Noble and James Collins need to help the Hammers’ foreign players learn what it means to play for West Ham.

“They’ve got Mark Noble, they’ve got James Collins and they have both been at the club for a long period of time. They’ve got character there,” Reo-Coker said.

“They need to get everyone to buy into the club in what it means to play for West Ham. That’s a difficult thing. Sometimes you need a good foundation of solid British players. It is about them stepping up to the plate to get the foreign players to buy into it.”

Reo-Coker moved to West Ham in 2004 for £500,000. He quickly became a regular member of Alan Pardew’s first team and was made the club captain. In his first season West Ham made the 2004 Football League First Division Play-Off Final but lost 1–0 in Cardiff to Crystal Palace.

In his second season, West Ham returned to the Premier League, beating Preston North End 1-0 in the Play-Off final. In 2006, Reo-Coker captained West Ham to the FA cup final, losing on penalties to Liverpool.

Reo-Coker’s last season with West  Ham was controversial. Reo-Coker was singled as the main culprit for West Ham’s bad form, which left West Ham perilously close to the bottom three and ultimately led to the sacking of manager Alan Pardew. New manager Alan Curbishley identified Reo-Coker as being part of the team which had lost direction and was in danger of being relegated back to The Championship.

Despite regaining his place in the team, Reo-Coker joined Aston Villa in 2007 for a fee of £7.5 million. Upon his move to Villa, Reo-Coker stated he felt he had been ‘hung out to dry’ by West Ham at the time.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

6 comments on “Former Hammer calls on Nobes and Ginge to step up

  1. This new Moderation protocol takes an age , Hugh . Good to see but it so slow that responding to anything seems a right chore .

  2. Indeed condolences to Hugh

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