Benni McCarthy has revealed he cannot remember when he last spoke to West Ham manager Avram Grant.
The 33-year-old left the Hammers after having his contract terminated by mutual consent - he was left out of the Hammers' 25-man Barclays Premier League squad for the second half of this season following the transfer-window signings of Robbie Keane and Demba Ba..
The Hammers are currently in the Premier League's bottom three and McCarthy admitted: "I don't really know when I last spoke to him - but he's got a lot on his plate at the moment.
"I'm sure he could help his position if he'd maybe take a little bit more time to speak to players more. That's what you do if you are a manager and you have a good relationship with players, you get results.
"But I'm not the type of person to go to a manager and give them ultimatums - they make decisions on what they see in training."
However, the South Africa international striker, who failed to score in his 14 appearances after joining from Blackburn at the end of last winter's transfer window. admitted he let himself down as his weight increased.
He continued on Sky Sports News: "I let myself down. I just went hiding under a rock because I couldn't deal with the fact I was injured.
"I never trained how I could train because obviously I was out for two months (with a calf injury) so I wasn't allowed to train or anything - it was just treatment, treatment, treatment."