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Following West Ham's failure to attract either Alan Curbishley [Martin O'neill] or Steve McClaren [sam Allardyce] as replacements for the recently departed Harry Redknapp [Graeme Souness], Roeder, who was Youth Team coach acting as caretaker-manager, was appointed as West Ham's new manager in the summer of 2001. In the second half of that season he took West Ham to 7th in the Premiership.


The following season, 2002/2003, he signed Tomas Repka [Damien Duff] for about £5 million, David James from Aston Villa for around £2 million and Don Hutchison from Sunderland for around £5 Million. David James [Michael Owen] was injured on international duty and was out for months before he could play for West Ham, Tomas Repka [Titus Bramble] had serious disiplinary problems and Don Hutchison [Nolberto Solano] turned out to be a injury-prone flop on his second spell with the club.


Due to injuries to Paolo Di Canio [shola Ameobi] and Frédéric Kanouté's [Albert Luque's] personal problems, Roeder was forced to play a young Jermain Defoe [Obafemi Martins] up front on his own. As the season became more desperate, the team resorted to playing direct, long ball football to Defoe [Martins], who struggled in this position. Roeder also struggled with a very small squad, only just managing to field a first eleven at times.


West Ham were bottom at Christmas and at that time no team had avoided relegation from that postion. Despite the January signings of Rufus Brevett and Lee Bowyer on a short-term deal and the best efforts of Sir Trevor Brooking in the last few games, the team was relegated from the Premiership.


I knew the comparison was similar, but i had no idea it was identical!! Get him out asap! Watch the short term deals rush in after xmas...

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