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Curbishley reveals big plans for West Ham

Alan Curbishley told Goals On Sunday that West Ham have big plans ahead, including building a new 60,000 capacity stadium.

West ham are currently sitting comfortably in mid-table, which is in stark contrast to this time last season when they were well and truly in a relegation dogfight.

And Curbishley believes West Ham can continue to improve and grow off the pitch as well as on it.

Last season's relegation scrap went to the last round as West Ham had the seemingly impossible task of travelling to Manchester United, home of the newly crowned champions, in search of three points that would see them safe.

And of course, thanks to Carlos Tevez' strike, the Hammers lived to fight on in the Premier League.

"We went to Old Trafford and knew there was all these scenarios but I thought perhaps it would be sorted out somewhere else. I was hoping that our result wasn't going to be the one that counted.

"As the news was coming through from Wigan v Sheffield United it became apparent that we had to take something.

"Funnily enough the first 80 minutes was slow and then the last 10 minutes went quickly and we managed to do it.

"I came out of Old Trafford thinking 'whatever I do I don't want to do that again and put West Ham through that again'.

The ex-Charlton manager now has big plans to make West Ham bigger, including a new stadium that will allow more punters through the turnstiles.

"There's a big difference between managing Charlton and West Ham. not so much the pressure but the expectation level, no disrespect to Charlton, is a lot bigger.

"I didn't realise how big West Ham was until I got inside it. I obviously played there and managed against them but until I actually got to the club I didn't realise how big it was.

"It's a big club and we feel we can become bigger. There's plans for a new stadium and for us to push on but obviously we've got to lay the foundations for that to happen.

"As I understand it we can't develop Upton Park. We have 35,000 capacity and we've got 8,000 waiting list for season tickets, we know we can attract more fans and if we move a couple of miles into Canning Town near the Olympic stadium in Stratford then once the infrastructure goes in we can attract 60,000.

"That's the plan and if we can do that then we might be able to push on and become a bigger club."

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