Trevor Brooking has been appointed caretaker manager of West Ham in the absence of Glenn Roeder.
Former Upton Park legend, Brooking, who currently works for the BBC as a footballpundit, will take charge of the side for the final three games of the season.
Roeder is recovering after suffering a blocked blood vessel in his brain. His condition is described as stable.
In his absence, Brooking will take over some of the managerial duties including team selection.
“This seems to be the most sensible solution to preserve the continuity thatGlenn and his back-room team have put into place,” Brooking told the official West Ham website.
“We aim to keep the momentum going that everyone has achieved over the last eight matches when 15 points have been gained.”
The West Ham board confirmed that assistant manager Paul Goddard and coach Roger Cross will continue to look after matters on the training pitch.
“All of the existing coaching staff will remain in their current positions, and are fully supportive of both this temporary appointment and the club’s determination to finish the season above the relegation zone,” the statement read.