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By ESPN Staff
May 1, 2006

Pardew determined to keep hold of rising stars

Alan Pardew is praying history does not repeat itself this summer as West Ham look ahead to European action with a talented young side.

The Hammers have in the past failed to hang onto their rising stars, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Jermain Defoe and Joe Cole moving on to wealthier clubs.

Now Pardew must plan for next season's UEFA Cup campaign while all the time looking over his shoulder in the hope that the Premiership's big cats do not come hunting at Upton Park again.

'We are starting to bring a level of success here very quickly and that will keep those players motivated to stay,' said Pardew.

'That is the bottom line. If a player wants to go he will go, that is how it works. So I have to make sure the next challenge motivates them.

'One or two of the boys could be courted by Champions League clubs, but I hope their motivation is to stay within the group and try to win something here.'

As for the remainder of this season, Pardew has warned his players they cannot afford to be affected by Hayden Mullins' FA Cup final suspension.

Mullins will miss next month's clash with Liverpool in Cardiff and West Ham's final two league games after being sent off for scuffling with Luis Garcia.

Pardew is concerned his men do not hold back over the next fortnight in fear of landing a suspension that could wreck the biggest day of their career.

'Hayden's suspension can't change anything,' said Pardew ahead of tonight's trip to West Brom.

'I am sure that because of the incident one or two of my players might be on their guard - but I hope it doesn't inhibit them.'

Mullins' dismissal in West Ham's 2-1 league defeat to Liverpool was the Hammers' first red card of the season.

Pardew is sweating over Paul Konchesky, Dean Ashton and James Collins, who are all suffering groin problems, while Danny Gabbidon has a back injury.

Konchesky is the main concern and although none of the quartet is in danger of missing the cup final Pardew will not risk anyone at the Hawthorns.

'This does provide a chance to look at my players who I know will want to give me food for thought when it comes to picking that final team for Cardiff,' said Pardew.