Benayoun calls on board
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Yossi Benayoun has urged West Ham's board to back manager Alan Pardew.
West Ham midfielder Yossi Benayoun has urged the club's board to back manager Alan Pardew in the transfer market.
The Hammers came agonisingly close to winning The FA Cup in a hugely-entertaining final on Sunday.
Despite the loss on penalties, however, the East London outfit will be competing in the Uefa Cup in only their second season back in the top-flight.
And Benayoun believes it is imperative The Hammers continue to target new additions to boost what is already a hugely-promising side.
"You always need to strengthen. We have good players but now we play in the Uefa Cup and all the cups in England it will be a long season and we will need a few more players," said Benayoun.
"Before the season the manager brought in new players who are hungry to achieve things and work hard, so it's very important to keep the players and also bring in a few new players who can make the team stronger.
"I think we will do that and West Ham, next season, will be a very good team. The way we played against one of the best teams has given us a lot of confidence that we can play at this level against the best players."
Meanwhile, Danny Gabbidon has backed defensive colleague Anton Ferdinand to put his penalty miss firmly behind him.
Ferdinand's saved spot-kick proved to be the final act at The Millennium Stadium as Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina wheeled away in celebration but Welsh international Gabbidon insists nobody at the club will hold it against the budding star.
"It was hard for him but no-one will hold the miss against him. He's young but very mature for his age and I'm sure he'll get over it quickly," said Gabbidon.