Curbs new Hammers boss


13th, December 2006


Well, with alarming predictability, Alan Curbishley has been unveiled as the new manager of West Ham United.
Chairman Egg’ Magnusson moved sharply to appoint the former Charlton gaffer after sacking Alan Pardew on Monday.
"I’m deeply delighted," said Curbishley. "It’s a privilege to be here and I’m looking forward to lifting us out of the position we’re in."
Curbishley will take charge of his new squad for the first time against Manchester United on Sunday. Welcome to the deep end Alan!

Chairman Magnusson said: "I am absolutely delighted that Alan has agreed to join us. He is a manager with a proven track record and real love for this club. He did a fantastic job at Charlton and I know how highly regarded he is throughout the football world. This is indeed a great day for West Ham United and I am sure that we now have the right management team in place to take the club forward."

Of course, Curbishley is a former Hammer, and played for the club between 1975 and 1979.
"If you’d said to me when I was at West Ham at the age of 16 that one day I’d be manager I would have thought it impossible," said Curbs.
Some dreadful results saw the Hammers slip into the relegation zone and the crushing 4-0 defeat at Bolton prompted Magnusson to sack Pardew.
Curbishley added: "I feel disappointed for Alan Pardew, he is someone I know very well. But this is the world we live in at the moment."
Hammers chairman Eggert Magnusson said he had taken the decision after being shocked by the players’ "lack of motivation" in the defeats against Wigan and Bolton.
The Icelander added: "It was a tough decision but it was in the club’s best interests."

What will be welcome news to the West Ham fans is the news that Curbishley will have funds available for new players in the January transfer window. It will also be welcome news that Sven  Goran Eriksson hasn’t been named as manager I should imagine. Aside from playing with the Upton Park purse, Curbishley said his first job will be lifting the spirits of the current squad.
"If I think we need to spend, we’ll do it, but first I’ve got to meet the players," he said.
"Everyone needs a lift. The players who enjoyed such a good season last year, it’s the same bunch and they are better than what they are producing. This club has the opportunity to be in the top half of table."

So, what do you lot think? A good move for West Ham? [Mof Gimmers]

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