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Former Player Blog - Alan Curbishley

Former Hammers player and boss says the West Ham Board deserve enormous credit for the Club's great season
Alan Curbishley made 85 league appearances for the Hammers as a player before returning many years later as manager. He led the Club to Premier League safety in 2006/07 despite the side’s perilous position when he arrived. A top-half finish followed the season after, before he left the Boleyn Ground in September 2008…
 
Hello everyone,
 
West Ham are in terrific form at the moment and they’re enjoying their football. Slaven Bilic deserves great credit for the side he has built. For me, I can't believe it’s now seven-and-a-half years since I left the Club. 
 
I came arrived at West Ham in difficult circumstances and I left in difficult circumstances, which I was massively disappointed with because I felt that I put a team together that would have a real go.
 
But now I’m watching West Ham and it’s great. The team is a Premier League side in every aspect. It’s got all the components that you need to be successful in this league.
 
It can defend, it’s very athletic, it can counter-attack, it can score goals and they’ve got a couple of players who can turn a game. It makes them very, very dangerous and David Gold and David Sullivan deserve a lot of credit.
 
I know everyone’s talking about Slaven, and the players – who have been excellent – and everything else, but the Board certainly deserves a lot of credit. They took over in difficult circumstances and even got relegated and have managed to turn the Club around since then in a short period of time.
 
To be going into a new stadium with such a good side is great credit to the two of them, and I expect West Ham to be just as strong next season in the Premier League.