Alan Curbishley resigns as West Ham manager
Wednesday 03 September 2008
Alan Curbishley has resigned as manager of West Ham, the club have confirmed.
Curbishley had been under heavy pressure from fans but oversaw an encouraging start to the season with two wins from three Barclays Premier League matches.
The former Charlton boss took charge at Upton Park in December 2006, when he succeeded Alan Pardew.
A club statement said: "We can confirm that we have accepted Alan Curbishley's resignation as we feel it is in the best interests of both parties.
"We wish Alan all the success in the future. A shortlist of candidates is being drawn up and an announcement will be made in due course about the new West Ham United manager."
Earlier today the club posted a statement on their website, whufc.com, justifying their position with regards to their transfer policy over the last couple of weeks.
Curbishley was reported to be unhappy with the sale of full-back George McCartney to Sunderland on transfer deadline day, having been assured no other players would be leaving Upton Park after Anton Ferdinand's prior departure to the Stadium of Light.
"West Ham United are looking to a bright future after a summer of consolidation and a positive start to the new season at the Boleyn Ground," said the statement.
"The club is fully committed to a high-quality first-team squad based on solid financial foundations that will challenge at the top end of the Premier League and in the cup competitions.
"As stated before and during the close season, our intention was always to hone the size of the playing staff with several key performers returning to fitness and the emergence of homegrown talent.
"This has now been achieved with seven players sold or released and four recruited. Along with the importance of adding quality new signings with bright futures, a key aim has been to secure important players on long-term contracts.
"Such investment has ensured the club can keep together its strong spine of England internationals Robert Green, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Kieron Dyer and Dean Ashton along with players with proven international pedigree like Lucas Neill, Valon Behrami, Julien Faubert and Craig Bellamy.
"Unsurprisingly this summer we received a number of significant bids for leading players - in itself emphasising the high number of quality internationals at Alan Curbishley's disposal - and all were rejected.
"However, in particular, the transfers of Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney along with the release of Freddie Ljungberg were right for the club and decisions had to be taken based on our best long-term interests.
"In the past week, agreement could not be reached with Ferdinand on a new contract to replace his original deal that had just two years left to run while McCartney handed in a formal written transfer request after failing to resolve his personal reasons for wanting a move away."
West Ham chairman and owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson added: "In my first full season as chairman I can assure supporters we are working hard to bring sustained success to West Ham United.
"We have a long-term strategy that takes into account all aspects of West Ham United's past, present and future and we will not be deterred."
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