Roy looks to new challenge
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham's Roy Carroll is looking to forget his time at Manchester United.Roy Carroll is looking to forget his time at Manchester United and focus on his new challenge with promoted West Ham.
The Northern Ireland international left Old Trafford in the summer after failing to convince Sir Alex Ferguson of his ability to become a commanding shot-stopper.
After pitching up at Upton Park the 27-year-old now insists he is prepared for any criticism he may sustain, as Carroll has something of a reputation for making high-profile errors.
The former Wigan star also voiced his pleasure at starting the season with The Hammers after leaving the eight-time Premiership champions.
"I'm here now and if I make mistakes - and we all do sooner or later - I just have to get on with it and take the flak," said Carroll.
"I'm not worried about Manchester United any more. You have to forget about the past in this game and look to the future.
"When I was a kid growing up in Northern Ireland there were only two clubs really - Manchester United and Liverpool - but West Ham was a name that everybody respected.
"It's good to be here."
Upon arrival at the London side, Carroll has been impressed with boss Alan Pardew and the players at his disposal, and sees no reason why The Hammers cannot buck the usual trend and secure an impressive finishing position in their first season back in The Premiership.
"They have a good manager who has made some good signings. They have had their ups and downs but so have I, and now there is a lot of talent in the squad," said Carroll.
"I know we'll be quoted among the favourites to go straight down again but it's going to be difficult to do more than that.
"West Brom only managed to stay up in the last game of the season but we're aiming higher.
"We are looking to push up in the top half of the table and that's what we are going to try to do."
Carroll is also confident he can make a personal impression, and brushed aside notions that leaving United to join The Hammers would leave him with a superiority complex.
"I just see myself as another player here, not a big fish in a smaller pool.
"There's no less pressure. All I'm concerned with is the fans and the other players.
"I know what I can do with my ability and I believe I can do the business here."