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Football: Glenn: I will never quit; West Ham 0 Southampton 1 DESPITE PICKING UP JUST 3 POINTS OUT OF 27 AT HOME.


DEFIANT Glenn Roeder last night insisted he will never quit as manager of West Ham.

Roeder was speaking after another home defeat left the Hammers rooted to the foot of the table and still without a Premiership win at Upton Park this season.

Southampton striker James Beattie drove what many believed to be the final nail in the coffin for the Hammers boss when he converted Brett Ormerod's centre in the third minute of injury time.

Just three points from nine games is the total of West Ham's dismal home form so far this season and last night's defeat sparked angry scenes at the final whistle.

Hundreds of furious fans mobbed the Upton Park gates to demand the sacking of chairman Terrence Brown, who last week warned that money would not be released in January for the club to spend on new players.

The supporters however did not call for Roeder to be removed and he responded by insisting: "I will never quit. Nothing has come easy to me in my life.

"Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouths and when the going gets tough they take flight. But I won't. I am going to stay and fight.This is hurting me as much as any of our die-hard fans. This is where I grew up. This is the club I supported as a kid and I am confident that I can turn it around if the breaks start to come my way.

"I am here for the long haul. I love my job, I love working with the players and the way they are playing shows they still respond to me.

"I will keep working hard and practising with the players and as long as they keep going then we have a chance."

Roeder must now take his fragile side to Middlesbrough and Manchester United in the next two weeks, and probably without strikers Paolo Di Canio and Freddie Kanoute.

Di Canio limped off with a knee injury in the second half and Kanoute pulled out of last night's match with the groin strain which has already kept him out for nine weeks.

Saints boss Gordon Strachan said: "As a unit we were not that great, but our goalkeeper and a few others kept us in it."


AGONY: West Ham boss Glenn Roeder showing the strain at Upton Park last night Picture: CHRIS TURVEY
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 3, 2002
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