Dicks to join Hammers staff

The former fans’ favourite took in two spells at Upton Park during

his playing days, making over 250 appearances for the club. His

determination and combative approach made him a cult hero on the

terraces and it is felt that commitment could be used within the

current set-up. Hammers boss Avram Grant recently drafted Wally

Downes into his back-room team and feels Dicks would be another

useful addition. The 42-year-old, who is currently in charge of

Ryman League outfit Grays Athletic, admits to having already

discussed a possible role with the club and hopes he will soon be

back in familiar surroundings. “I think the meeting went well and I

am very positive about the prospects of joining up with West Ham,”

Dicks told Daily Star Sunday. “I have never made a secret of my

desire to help out the club in any capacity and I hope I can come

on board and help.”