Reo-Coker hits out at claims
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nigel Reo-Coker has hit-out at claims he is part of West Ham's 'Baby Bentley' culture.
West Ham midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has hit out at claims he is a member of the club's 'Baby Bentley' culture.
The 22-year-old has been subject to jeers from the Hammers fans and he has received abusive mail making accusations he is one of the young players who have got carried away with one successful campaign in the Premier League.
Boss Alan Curbishley highlighted a lack of hunger from his players following the defeat at Reading on New Year's Day and famously mentioned the 'Baby Bentley' rich culture at the club.
Reo-Coker has suffered a dip in form this season as West Ham find themselves facing a relegation battle in the Premiership but he told the London Evening Standard: "I've heard the criticism so many times about players not being hungry because of the financial rewards we get but I don't know where the information comes from.
"I have no fat contract. I'm still on the same deal that I was when we were promoted. Other players have had improvements and if I wanted to be a problem could have gone in and demanded this and that all the time - I haven't done that."
Reo-Coker reacted angrily to abuse from fans following Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Watford, but he believes it shows his motivation.
"To a certain degree I regret getting involved but I'm only human," he added.
"For me, if I had not reacted it would have shown more that I didn't care.
"We're being accused of a lack of commitment by some and that is just not true. We're working so hard at the training ground and we just need a bit of luck."