‘Let me be the new King Kenny’
West Ham legend Julian Dicks wants Avram Grant to pick up the phone and invite him to join the Hammers’ survival battle.
Grant, whose side are rooted to the foot of the Premier League, admitted morale at Upton Park was rocked after the Carling Cup semi-final defeat by Birmingham.
But Dicks believes that he can do “a Kenny Dalglish” – and give his old club a massive lift.
The former West Ham skipper, who twice played a major part in helping them stay up in the 1990s, admires the way that King Kenny has brought the feel good factor back to Liverpool.
“I could do a similar thing at Upton Park,” he said. “I’m not comparing myself in any way to Kenny, but if West Ham fans see me in the dugout, or just involved in any way at the club, I think morale will be raised.
“I’d love to be involved in any capacity, whether it was as assistant coach or being in charge of the kids. I’d walk on my hands and knees if Avram gave me a call.
“I would bring the passion and pride that I had when I was a player there.”
One of football’s finest hard men, Dicks was nicknamed ‘The Terminator’ because of his no-nonsense approach to tackling.
Now boss of Isthmian League Division One North club Grays Athletic, he became a West Ham legend after playing 315 times and scoring 64 goals in 10 years at the club.
He said: “It was bitterly disappointing not to get to the Carling Cup final. But all the league games from now on should be cup finals.
“Playing against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup is a tough one and winning will give us a boost. But the priority is to stay up.
“I’ve got experience of doing that at West Ham and Birmingham.
“Dalglish going back to Liverpool has got everyone fired up, and they’ve improved a lot since he came.
“What we need at West Ham is for all of the players to stand up and be counted. There are some very good players at the club – Rob Green, Matthew Upson, Scotty Parker, Mark Noble and Frederic Piquionne.
“And I think Wayne Bridge [left] will turn out to be a very good loan signing. He is a top defender. Avram is a good manager with a proven track record. The fans are the best in the world.
“I’d be delighted to be asked to help in any way – even if it was just looking ugly in the dugout.”