Upson welcomes new owners
West Ham defender Matthew Upson has welcomed news of fresh financial investment at Upton Park. Asset management group CB Holding took control of the club on Monday, with former owner and chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and his vice-chairman Asgeir Fridgeirsson stepping down with immediate effect. There had been concerns for the future of the club following the global economic crisis which crippled Gudmundsson's finances and Upson, currently training with England ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Andorra at Wembley, welcomed the fresh investment. Asked if it was unsettling to hear the reports about West Ham's future, he replied: "No, I think it's a positive thing from what I can gather. "Any kind of financial investment into the team and into the club I think is great. "We're at a real crucial period in terms of developing the team and I think it's a positive sign that the manager can maybe go out and strengthen the squad." Upson, who joined West Ham from Birmingham in January 2007, added: "All I know is I am very positive that the club's got some good financial investment. "As a player there I want to improve and I want to develop as a club and as a player. "So my future is there - at the moment I feel very happy, I'm enjoying my football, I'm enjoying working under Gianfranco Zola, so I think times are good."
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