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Last Updated: Friday, 6 June, 2003, 10:33 GMT 11:33 UK
Roeder sets comeback target
West Ham boss Glenn Roeder
Roeder spent five days on a life support machine
West Ham boss Glenn Roeder has confirmed that he will return to his duties at Upton Park in July.

Roeder is recovering from an operation to remove a brain tumour which caused him to miss the closing stages of last season.

But he insists he is determined to guide the club back to the Premiership after stand-in boss Trevor Brooking was unable to stave off relegation.

"I've never thought of packing it in," said Roeder.

"I didn't have a stroke as has been reported in some quarters. It was a brain tumour which has been removed and is very unlikely to recur.

"As far as I am concerned there is unfinished business for me and I expect to be up and running - literally - by the time we return to pre-season training at the beginning of July."

I only want players next season who are prepared to put the team before themselves
West Ham boss Glenn Roeder

Roeder has been sidelined since his collapse after the 1-0 win at home to Middlesbrough in April.

He spent five days on a life-support machine, and a tumour on the right frontal lobe of his brain was removed in a three-and-a-half hour operation three weeks ago.

"Something like this sharpens the senses and makes things clearer," said Roeder.

"I had a good first season and finished seventh. A lot of people were for me then but I accept some of those will be against me now because we have been relegated.

"No more will managers say that 40 points are enough to stay up though because we managed 42 and went down. Injuries to key players at key times cost us dearly.

"We lost 15 games in my first season and finished seventh. We lost one more last season and went down."

Roeder faces the task of persuading the likes of Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrick and Frederic Kanoute to stay at West Ham.

"I only want players next season who are prepared to put the team before themselves, who show their individual skill within a team framework," he told the Evening Standard newspaper.

"We want 11 players moving in the same direction."





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