A Statement from Eggert Magnusson

West Ham United Chairman Eggert Magnusson has issued the following statement after Alan Curbishley's team secured their Premiership status on the final day of the season with a fantastic 1-0 victory over champions Manchester United at Old Trafford...

"This is a wonderful moment for a great football club. 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.

"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.

"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.

"Once again, our supporters showed here at Old Trafford just what this Club means to them and what they give to the spirit that we have.

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

"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."