THIS article from today’s Observer has the ring of truth about it – especially as it is co-written by Denis Campbell, a West Ham season ticket holder and a journalist with excellent links into the club…
Carlos Tevez, West Ham’s controversial Argentine striker, is keen to leave the club because of differences with manager Alan Curbishley. Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are all considering a move for Tevez, who scored seven goals in the Hammers’ last 10 Premiership games of the season to help keep them in the top flight.
According to a West Ham insider, Tevez will not consider staying at Upton Park as long as Curbishley is in charge. ‘Tevez likes the club and wants to stay,’ the source said, ‘but he won’t while Alan Curbishley is the manager. He hasn’t forgotten how he was treated when Curbishley first took over from Alan Pardew. He told Tevez he didn’t know what his best position was, treated him indifferently in training, and refused to play him at first.’Curbishley left the 23-year-old on the bench for his first game in charge, a 1-0 win over Manchester United in December, and it was a month before he named Tevez in a starting line-up in the Premiership.
‘If there was a change of manager maybe it would be different,’ the source added, ‘but Tevez does not think Curbishley knows what he is doing and that he’s a bad manager. He wants to play for someone who can further develop his game. Curbishley recognises now that Tevez saved our season, but it’s too late.’
Tevez, who has won 25 caps for Argentina and played for them in last year’s World Cup finals, was the subject of a £31million bid from Inter Milan while at Brazilian club Corinthians in 2005, and it is believed that a similar figure will be demanded for him this summer.