Escape remains source of pride for Green

Robert Green insists that West Ham's compensation payment to Sheffield United will not cast a shadow on memories of the club's dramatic escape from relegation two years ago

Robert Green insists that West Ham's compensation payment to Sheffield United will not cast a shadow on memories of the club's dramatic escape from relegation two years ago.

England international Green was a key figure as the Hammers won seven of their final nine games, including memorable triumphs over Arsenal and Manchester United, to complete the most miraculous survival mission in the history of the Premier League.

The club's achievement has since been overshadowed by a bitter legal dispute with the Blades, which was finally settled this week after West Ham agreed to pay �15m in an out-of-court settlement.

The saga now looks set to rumble on, with former Blades manager Neil Warnock and 20 players poised to pursue personal compensation claims against the Hammers.


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But Green is adamant that the long-running legal battle will not diminish his own pride at helping the Hammers retain their top flight status.

He said: "Winning at Arsenal, at Man United - that's what I'll remember and that's what West Ham fans will remember.

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"Sheffield United can do what they like. There's only so much before you lose interest."

Warnock, who quit Bramall Lane three days after Sheffield United's relegation in 2007, confirmed this week that he will consider suing the Hammers for personal compensation.

"I wanted to see the club's case out of the way first," Warnock said.

"As far as I'm concerned, I should still be a manager in the Premier League. And I think the players have a case, too.

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