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Police called to West Ham party

West Ham's season experienced more twists on Monday night when Steve McClaren's decision to rule himself out of contention for the manager's role was followed by police being called to their end-of-season dinner.

The club, who were relegated from the Barclays Premier League on Sunday after they were defeated by Wigan, threw the party at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "We were called at 9.15pm to reports of a disturbance at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane. Officers attended. There were no offences alleged and no arrests."

According to reports, the trouble started when striker Demba Ba allegedly refused to sign an autograph for a fan. The player reportedly said he was "too tired", and his comments sparked a brawl.

Supporters were invited to the £275-a-head dinner, which was attended by players and executives.

The club are currently without a manager after Avram Grant was sacked and now McClaren, an early favourite for the role, has ruled himself out. The former England and Middlesbrough manager had been strongly tipped to replace Grant at Upton Park but he moved to clarify his position last night.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has admitted the appointment of Grant as the club's manager last summer was a "bad selection" by the board.

"Avram is a lovely person but the results sadly speak for themselves that it was a bad selection by the board," Sullivan told The Sun.

"We all share some blame for the results - the board, the manager and the team. However, the team can only play the tactics and formation they are asked to play.

"We want a manager who will get the best out of the squad and foster a strong team spirit."