Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Curbishley: I Am Feeling the Pain; Shouting Back: Alan Curbishley Says Fans Should Step Back and Look at the Bigger Picture

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Curbishley: I Am Feeling the Pain; Shouting Back: Alan Curbishley Says Fans Should Step Back and Look at the Bigger Picture

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Byline: Andrew Hodgson

WEST HAM boss Alan Curbishley today urged disgruntled fans to lay offafter the club made it clear that his job is not in jeopardy, despite shipping12 goals in their last three games.

Curbishley, who admitted that the embarrassing 4-0 defeats have left him andhis players feeling hurt, said critics should look at what the club hasachieved rather than start baying for blood over their recent slump.

The Hammers boss also revealed how anxiety, which followed losses againstChelsea, Liverpool and Spurs, have left him with sleepless nights as he bids tolead the club back to winning ways.

He said: "When fans moan at me and get on my back how do they think I feel?Don't they just stop for a moment and consider how hurt my players and I are?Do they suppose we lost 4-0 three times in a row on purpose? "It's time forthose who are always ready to point the finger to step back and take a cold,hard look at things, just as I have to do when evaluating what has gone wrong.

"It has been a horrible week for me, the players and the fans, but there hasbeen no board meeting about it, no players' meeting either. All that hashappened was that we came in yesterday on what normally would have been a dayoff. There is only one thing to do now and that is regroup, get our heads downand work towards out next game.

"For me, it's the sleepless nights again, the knot of anxiety in my stomach,but it goes with the job. I have to stay strong." Talking in his column in theDaily Express, he said that like last season, when West Ham were facingrelegation, he never stopped believing he could turn the club's fortunes aroundand the same applies today.

He accepted that expectation levels for the club, which over the last 20 yearshave had an average league position of 13th, was now higher but claimed thatinjuries are partly to blame for what some consider under-achievement.

He added: "It shouldn't go unnoticed what we have achieved. I think the WESTFIVE GAMES Lost - Lost - Lost - Won 1- Drew 1- 1 criticism and speculation isout of hand.

Football is changing mostly for the better, but this is a part of the game thathas become less acceptable. …

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