Alan Curbishley has now been at West Ham for fifteen months. During that time he has provoked strong reactions both for his style of management and his style of play. If a manager is judged by results then he has been a success. The team unexpectedly avoided relegation last season and has consistently been in the top half of the table this season. That’s the positive side. On the negative side, several of his buys have turned out to be flops and his style of play has often been criticised for being unduly negative. However, his squad has been beset by injuries, the like of which we have rarely seen. The only saving grace has been the size of the squad. He’s been criticised for being a “glass half empty merchant” and for his ability to relate to and motivate players.
What’s your verdict? Hit? Miss? Or is the jury still out?