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Wednesday, 13 December 2006

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Bjork was chuffed by the news

In a suprise move today, West Ham's Icelandic chairman Eggert Magnusson today announced 90's singing sensation Bjork as their new footballing supremo.

The news comes hot on the heels of the appointment of Alan Curbishley as new team coach and has sent a shrill and slightly irritating noise throughout the footballing world. Bjork herself was said to be "extreeeeeemly" happy with the news, coinciding as it does with her 'comeback' tour of Bolton and other north-west towns in the UK.

Reaction from the players was mixed however. Anton Ferdinand thought her "well old" while captain Nigel Reo-Coker apparently questioned her footballing credentials, stating that there is "no way we are switching to her publicly stated preference for a diamond shape midfield."

Meanwhile the new team coach Curbishley, looking tired and emotional after 12 months rest, said at a press conference that he was "not suprised" that his chairman would want to bring in "one of his own" to be his boss.

He was also insistent that he would take full control of team matters, telling journalists, "I am my own man and what I say will go at West Ham - Eggy understands that perfectly. In fact he had a good laugh when I told it to his face yesterday."

Magnusson himself was also keen to stress that this decision had not been forced on Curbishley. "Once I had explained how much Bjork meant to me growing up in Iceland, he was powerless to resist. I think he was relieved that no other famous person has ever come from my homeland!" he quipped.

West Ham will face Manchester United on Sunday at Upton Park, where new signing Pingu is expected to start up front.

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