Hammers stars set for farewell

BY foxsports • May 22, 2011

But the Hammers' caretaker manager Kevin Keen revealed not every player who is set to leave the relegated club this summer was as committed to the cause. Parker was West Ham's player of the year for the third season running as well as being voted the Football Writers Association player prize, and few fans would begrudge him a move back to the Premier League, while Keen expects Green to be targeted by top-flight clubs too. Carlton Cole has already been linked with a £9million move to Stoke while Matthew Upson is out of contract and Wayne Bridge's loan deal is coming to an end. Keen has spoken to each of them and vowed to only field a team against Sunderland with players who are committed to the claret and blue of West Ham. "I have spoken to certain players. I will be picking the team based on what I heard and what I have seen in training," said Keen. "There are several players whose contract is up and may be leaving. We have had a chat about what they think. Some will be playing and some won't. "There are certain positions where we are a little bit short and certain people may have to play but I will pick players who desperately want to play. "Those who have got a great chance of being here next season have perhaps trained a little bit more enthusiastically than those who have a chance of not being here next season. "I have watched young players train out there as if it's the World Cup final for a game that supposedly means nothing. "I am sure that if I put a West Ham team of 17-year-olds the fans would be fully behind me because that is the ethos of this football club." If Parker fails to make the side it will be because of a niggling Achilles injury - but Keen is anxious to give him a chance for a sentimental farewell. "There is a possibility he could be fit to start. I think he has been a fantastic ambassador for this football club," said Keen. "Whatever he decides to do this summer, whether he decides to go to pastures new, which is a possibility, I don't think any West Ham fan can complain about that. "The way he has conducted himself, the way he throws himself in front of footballs for West Ham over the past few years has been unbelievable. "Yes, I would say there will be a little bit of sentimentality with Scott. If there is a chance he can play at Upton Park maybe for the last time for West Ham, I am sure he will give it everything." Keen, who has thrown his hat in the ring to be appointed West Ham manager on a full-time basis, insisted Green has a future at the club if he wants to stay. "He was the runner-up (behind Parker) for Hammer Of The Year. That's what the fans thought of his performances this season," said Keen. "There isn't a team in the Premier League that wouldn't want his services. I would love to see him here as our goalkeeper."


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