posted on Jun, 5 2004 @ 06:27 AM
Veteran midfielder Rob Lee is among five West Ham players released by Alan Pardew after the Hammers failed to reach the Premiership.
The 38-year-old joined his boyhood idols last August after his release from Derby but has been plagued by injuries and has only been able to make 14
starts this season.
Also heading for the Upton Park exit are full-back Wayne Quinn, utility man Shaun Byrne, midfielder Daryl McMahon and goalkeeper David Forde.
Veteran striker Brian Deane has also been released, while a host of youth team players are also leaving.
Defender Liam Parrington, midfielder Ian Tucker and striker Marce Collington have also been released and keeper George Sealey and defenders Phil
Lumsden and Brent Tattum have not been offered new contracts.
However, Graeme Carrick, Richard Garcia, Darren Blewitt, Tommy Laws, Greg Pearson and Elliott Ward will all sign new contracts in July.