Pardew backing Hammers duo
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Pardew has thrown his full support behind Roy Carroll and Anton Ferdinand.
Alan Pardew has thrown his full support behind West Ham duo Roy Carroll and Anton Ferdinand as they tackle off-the-field problems.
Northern Ireland shot Roy Carroll has reportedly checked into a rehabilitation clinic to deal with gambling and drink problems, whilst defender Ferdinand is due in court on Friday to answer charges of assault and violent disorder.
Despite the problems afflicting his two players, Pardew has promised to lend his utmost support to the Upton Park stars.
Carroll has been given the necessary space to address his issues, and Ferdinand is expected to face Sheffield United on Saturday despite his legal situation.
Former Manchester United keeper Carroll, who has been supplanted as Hammers number one by Robert Green, was expected to return to training on Thursday, and Pardew has pledged to give the 29-year-old as much time as he needs.
"Roy is having troubles and I hope he gets to the bottom of them soon," said Pardew in the Daily Mail.
"He has tried to correct those problems and I take my hat off to him because I think it's very brave for someone of his profile to go into that room.
"We've supported him fully and I just sincerely hope he's back in training shortly. I have a meeting with him coming up and I hope to see Roy back to his enthusiastic self.
"He asked me to buy him some time, which I have, and it's as long as it takes as far as I'm concerned.
"We're all talking very seriously about a game of football, which is a business, but people forget the most important thing, which is that life comes first.
"Roy needs to get his life in order before he starts worrying about this business and work and football."
Pardew also insisted that Ferdinand will retain his starting place, having heard his defender's explanation of the events that led to his assault charge.
"Anton has explained what happened and I'm comfortable with his version of events. He is still in the squad and will play on Saturday. No doubt," Pardew added.
"It is a bit of a minefield at the moment in terms of the profile of players, managers or coaches.
"They have to be taking care when they go out and have to make sure they're in the right company."