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Magnusson promising patience for Curbishley

West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson has vowed to be 'very patient' with new manager Alan Curbishley - and back him with the money to turn things around at Upton Park.

The Hammers are currently entrenched in the relegation zone of the Barclays Premiership, and host leaders Manchester United this afternoon.

Former trainee Curbishley returned to the east-London club as manager earlier this week - just days after former boss Alan Pardew had been sacked.

Magnusson initially threw his support behind Pardew following the Icelandic takeover, before then wielding the axe in the wake of the 4-0 defeat at Bolton.

The Hammers chairman, however, insists he is fully behind Curbishley, who spent 15 largely successful seasons at Charlton before standing down last summer.

'I hope he will stay for a long time and I am sure he will be a success,' Magnusson told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

'I will be very patient because I know the Premiership is difficult and it takes time to build a strong side.

'It is very tough and it is obvious what we have to do this season - and that is to stay in the Premiership. I fully believe Alan Curbishley is the right man for that job.'

Curbishley is likely to want to strengthen the squad when the January transfer window opens, with his old Charlton player Darren Bent reportedly top of the shopping list.

Magnusson said: 'Within reason he will get the money he needs.

'I am not saying any figures - but he will get the money he needs.

'Alan has to tell me what players he wants and who he needs to accomplish what we are out for this season - and that is to stay in the Premiership.'