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Magnusson 'behind Curbishley 100%'

West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson has given his '100% backing' to manager Alan Curbishley and insisted there is no deadline for him to turn the club around.

The Icelandic businessman has been infuriated by reports he has given Curbishley three matches to get the Hammers back on the winning track.

West Ham have won just once in 10 Premiership games since Curbishley replaced Alan Pardew as manager but Magnusson is adamant he has the right man for the job.

Magnusson said: 'To put the record straight, Alan has my 100% backing.

'He has had it since day one and he has it going forward. He is the right man for this job, and he will take us through this difficult stage. Talk of a three-game deadline is nonsense, I hope that Alan is here for the long-term.'

Magnusson insists his ties to Curbishley have been strengthened by working together during the transfer window.

He added: 'There is no question that the January transfer window helped to cement my relationship with Alan. We spent a lot of time here with my deputy Scott Duxbury - often until very late in the evening - sitting together and working out our plans.

'It was a learning experience for me, and I feel it made our ties that much stronger. I have experienced that life is not always easy, there are always difficulties to overcome, but the only way to get past them is to fight to turn them into advantages.

'That is how I have directed my life and that is what we will do at West Ham United.'

Magnusson, who celebrated his 60th birthday today, also praised the Hammers fans.

He said: 'I have nothing but praise for our supporters. They are fantastic. The only thing I would ask is that you now stand firmly behind the players and management and give them 110% encouragement in the games that we must win in order to be where we are going to be next season... in the Premier League.'