Reo-Coker: We've been unsettled
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nigel Reo-Coker admits the recent attention focused on West Ham has been unsettling.
West Ham United captain Nigel Reo-Coker concedes the recent attention focused on the club has been unsettling.
The London club caused a huge sensation before the close of the transfer window after striking deals for Argentinian duo Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez.
The players' arrivals at Upton Park sparked major interest in The Hammers, who have also been holding takeover discussions.
All the publicity appears to have had an adverse effect on the team as Alan Pardew's men have not won since the opening day of the season.
Hammers captain Reo-Coker acknowledges the sudden surge in interest in the club has caused a ripple within the squad.
But the highly-rated midfielder accepts the players must learn to cope with such attention if West Ham are to be successful.
"We are not used to such coverage and we have some high-profile players at West Ham now and that has been a bit unsettling," said Reo-Coker.
"We are just a young side in The Premiership trying to be the best we can be.
"All we want to do is play our football and let the likes of Chelsea or Arsenal take all the headlines and the coverage while we get on with our team effort.
"It is a new experience for all of us. If we want to make ourselves such a big club we need to get used to it."