Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Curbs It's a Privilege to Back at West Ham

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Curbs It's a Privilege to Back at West Ham

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Byline: KEN DYER

ALAN CURBISHLEY claimed today he was "deeply delighted" to be back at West Ham after landing a three-and-ahalf-year deal as manager.

New chairman Eggert Magnusson said Curbishley was "back where he belonged" and revealed that he had replaced Alan Pardew because of "a lack of motivation" among the players during the team's slide into the bottom three of the Premiership.

Curbishley, who made 85 appearances for West Ham, said: "I am deeply, deeply delighted to take the job. It's a privilege to be here. I was sitting at home on Monday minding my own business, then suddenly it all erupted.

"When I started to think about the potential here it was something that clicked in straight away. We have managed to agree everything and I am looking forward to lifting us out of the position we are in."

Curbishley, who will have former West Ham goalkeeper Mervyn Day as his assistant, expressed sympathy for Pardew, adding: "We are in the results business. Alan did a fantastic job, winning promotion and staying up. This year has not gone so well. It is a difficult profession we are in. This has happened and we move on."

Curbishley will start his reign with Sunday's

home clash against leaders Manchester United, who have won 10 of their past 11 Premiership games.

He said: "Coming to a team midseason is not the best but we have to make sure we can look forward to the summer. West Ham as a club should be looking to the top end of the table and it's something we hope to do.

"I did speak to Alex Ferguson this week and he reminded me that I have not won a game against him. In fact, my last for Charlton was a defeat to them.

United at home is always a special game for West Ham.

"I enjoyed my time off and, hopefully, I will have learned a few ways to improve.

"I have been made aware we have funds and if we need to spend it we will.

I have to meet the players, everyone needs a lift. I know some of the players and the decisions about transfers will be made when the window opens."

There have been reports of dressing-room unrest at West Ham but Curbishley, who has been a free agent since stepping down as Charlton boss last season - he has been linked with a string of vacancies, including Aston Villa, West Brom, Continued on Page 60

Leeds and Norwich, added: "I don't know anything about disharmony but when teams aren't having the best time these rumours come out. …

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