Alan Curbishley has accused sections of the media of pursuing an "agenda" against him and "twisting" his words.
The West Ham manager is under pressure after three successive 4-0 defeats and a poor run of form since the new year that has mirrored his time at Charlton; a good first half of the season marred by a sluggish second. "I accept being West Ham manager is high-profile – certainly when you lose three games 4-0, that's even worse," Curbishley said. "I talk openly and honestly but it can get twisted and I think it has been twisted in recent weeks."
West Ham, albeit still dogged by a lengthy injury list, have won three of their last 12 games and lost 4-0 to Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham in the space of eight days. "I've called for one or two people to be realistic, especially the press," Curbishley said. "I'm not saying I shouldn't be criticised, let's not get that wrong, but I'm a West Ham fan so I feel for everybody as much as they feel and I'm desperately trying to do as well as I can."
He added: "I do think that perhaps there is a little bit of an agenda out there at the moment and it's directed not just at the team but me personally."