West Ham boss Avram Grant has come out in praise of Aloysius "Nosey" Parker, one of the best known characters in the TV puppet show, "Thunderbirds".
'When I was growing up in Israel, "Thunderbirds" was the most popular show on the box. Although most of my friends liked Virgil or Brains the best, I took to Parker immediately.
I liked the fact that he used to be a cat burglar and safecracker, but had turned his life round and was now working hard to better himself.
Although he had to kowtow to Lady Penelope and was only a butler and chauffeur, he never let himself be intimidated by his boss's wealth and influence. Although he speaks properly when addressing the Lady, he remains a Cockney at heart.
That is what I constantly try to instill in my players here at West Ham - it is right to respect the bigger clubs in the Premiership, with all their wealth and privilege, but we must never feel inferior to them and we must use the fans cheeky Cockney spirit to motivate us to do well and succeed against the odds.
By the way, I think Louis Saha liked Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's programmes as well, although I believe Saha's favourite was "Supercar".