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Swansea and Norwich the inspiration to us all
6:53pm Monday 7th May 2012 in Sport
SAINTS should take inspiration from Norwich and Swansea - and so will West Ham if they emulate Saints in winning promotion to the Premier League.
Both the Canaries and the Swans have confounded the odds after their promotion from the npower Championship and have guaranteed their place in the top flight next season.
West Ham edged closer to joining them - as well as Saints and Championship title winners Reading - by beating Cardiff 5-0 on aggregate in the play-off semi final and Hammers assistant manager Neil McDonald wants to replicate them.
"West Ham is a massive football club," he said.
"Since I got here I could see the support, see how the club is run and how it is trying to progress.
"But the inspiration is Norwich and Swansea to a certain extent.
"They have gone up and done fantastically well and I am sure Reading and Southampton will be thinking the same.
"They will have huge hope considering what has happened this season with Norwich and Swansea.
"We all hang on to that so if we do get promoted then we can do exactly the same."