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Magnusson's joy

Filed: Monday, 14th May 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Hammers Chairman Eggert Magnusson has paid tribute to Alan Curbishley and his squad for pulling off one of the most remarkable achievements in recent years.

Curbishley's side avoided relegation by finishing the season with seven wins from their last nine games - West Ham's best ever run of results in the Premier League, and their best sequence in the top flight since 1986.

And Magnusson - who was seen leaping around in the directors box before hugging his manager following the final whistle - has no doubt that Curbs is the man to take the club forward.

"This is a wonderful moment for a great football club," he told whufc.com. "I feel so much joy and also pride in the team and our fantastic supporters.

"We have shown that this is a Club with a great fighting spirit and a group of players who know how to win.

"I pay tribute to Alan Curbishley, who has provided real leadership since he took over as manager. To the players, for the way they have performed in recent months, to all the staff at the Club, and to the amazing fans.

"To have won seven out of the last nine games is a genuine achievement and should not be forgotten as people reflect on the Premiership season.

"Now we can look ahead to moving forward as a club and building on what we have achieved this season."

And with regard t the legal battle that is likely to rumble on over the summer, he added:

"Of course I feel sympathy for the clubs no longer in the Premiership.

"But in the end I believe it is right that football matters be decided on the pitch."

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by Dan
12:05PM 14th May 2007
''I love this club, all the pain and misery we have had to endure this season - especially when we were written off a short while back - just makes survival all the sweeter. I only pray we can keep Tevez, him and Ashton up front, now that will be worth seeing. Onwards to a new era.''

by Daryl
11:58AM 14th May 2007
''One cannot ignore that doing the double over Arsenal and Manchester United warrants our status as a Premiership team. Least can be said for Wigan - and I feel for Sheffield Utd.''

by David
08:11AM 14th May 2007
''Mags is the man. Let's build from here. I am amazed that we did it. Well done lads. Well done Curbs. Let's move on to bigger and better things...''

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