Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hammers Morale at an 'All-Time Low'; Frustration: Alan Curbishley Suffers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hammers Morale at an 'All-Time Low'; Frustration: Alan Curbishley Suffers

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Byline: KEN DYER

WEST HAM go into tonight's must-win Carling Cup clash against Macclesfield with an increasing sense of disillusionment among the players over the apparent rift between their manager and the board of directors.

The Upton Park club, out to save money and trim their squad, have already sold Anton Ferdinand to Sunderland for ?8million against the wishes of boss Alan Curbishley and there are suggestions that other players have been made available for what looks like a fire sale before the transfer window closes.

Chief executive Scott Duxbury moved quickly to deny speculation that Craig Bellamy would be offloaded to Manchester City.

Yet, I understand that the constant negative atmosphere emanating from West Ham in recent weeks is now affecting the players.

Curbishley is desperate for his team, who are low on confidence after Sunday's 3-0 defeat at City, to bounce back in tonight's Carling Cup tie at Upton Park but club insiders are saying that the morale of his squad has hit rock bottom.

Just a year ago, the then chairman Eggert Magnusson was talking bullishly about West Ham no longer being a selling club. But now the Hammers have sold three players and there are still six days left before the transfer window closes.

The squad, some of whom joined the club on the back of Magnusson's positive words, have looked on with dismay at the Ferdinand sale and some Hammers are at an all- time low point are wondering who will be next.

Curbishley, who had some strong words to say about his team's tepid display at Eastlands on Sunday, says he is looking to add to his squad before the window shuts but the reality is that it is likely to be just one loan signing .

" We're looking in all three areas of the team but I'll have to check to see if we have the budget when we can sit down," said Curbishley . …

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