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The power of eight

Filed: Monday, 11th August 2008
By: Staff Writer

Alan Curbishley had revealed he wants his team to get off to a flyer this season - and to continue to do so for the first eight games.

The fixture list - which kicks off next week, in the eighth month of the eighth year - has been kind to West Ham with a string of games which must be considered winnable opening the campaign.

And manager Curbishley is under no illusion that for his side to have a good season, they need to perform in the opening two months of the campaign.

“It's important is that we get a good start - and when I say start I mean the first eight games,” he said.

However he was less than happy at being named by some bookies as favourite to be first Premier League manager for the chop this season.

“I am a bit miffed by it really,” he added. “The bookies make their predictions and we will have to see what happens. But it doesn't concern me. It will only only concern me if it comes true!"

Despite the bookies odds Matthew Upson revealed that Curbishley has the full backing of his squad; talking to The Sun, the English international said:

"Curbs most definitely has the backing of the players. I can understand why he is under criticism. He's taken a job at a football club who had a huge financial injection.

"People expected big things and, so far, those massive things have not been delivered. But people need to be aware that it is a process and no matter how much money you throw in, there has to be a foundation."

Eight to go

16 August: Wigan Athletic (h)
24 August: Manchester City (a)
30 August: Blackburn Rovers (h)

13 September: West Bromwich Albion (a)
20 September: Newcastle United (h)
27 September: Fulham (a)

5 October: Bolton (h)
19 October: Hull City (a)

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