Teddy to be kept fresh
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Alan Pardew will keep Teddy Sheringham wrapped in cotton wool in order to keep him fit for West Ham's Premiership survival battle.
The 39-year-old missed The Hammers' play-off success last term and Pardew knew that the injury could have cost them dear.
This season, West Ham will keep their veteran striker as fresh as possible by resting him for the big games that could secure their top-flight status.
Pardew says he will do whatever it takes to make sure Sheringham stays fit for the campaign - even if it means packing him off to a beach to recover.
"We tried to play Teddy every week at the end of last season and he got an injury which could have been costly," said Pardew.
"We'll learn lessons from that and make sure he's looked after. Sometimes it's not about how hard you work but how much recovery time you get.
"We'll make sure Teddy gets lots of recovery time in the Bahamas because there is more time between games in The Premiership.
"At his age, Teddy will be determined to show how good he is and to prove he is still good enough for The Premiership."
Sheringham says that he is not yet ready to hang up his boots and move into management, and is delighted to be back in The Premier League.
"I don't fancy having grey hair like most managers do just yet. It's too stressful," said Sheringham.
"I'm just enjoying playing football. Everybody at West Ham is optimistic about the new season and it feels like a new challenge.
"Personally, it's great to be back in the top flight - it's the only place to play."
One man who could play a full season for West Ham is new signing Yossi Benayoun, with the Israel international arriving from Racing Santander.
"The Spanish league is one of the toughest in the world and I did okay there," said Benayoun.
"I need to familiarise myself with the English game, but I'm confident I can do well."