Just before 2pm Sky News announced that Alan Curbishley resigned as West Ham manager. No details as yet, but I think we can be clear that the main reason for his departure was that he felt increasingly undermined by the Board. It’s clear that he felt he was led up the garden path over the club’s transfer policy.
When I conducted a Live Webchat on Monday evening I ran a mini poll. To my surprise 60% said he should stay.
There are several points to make…
* Has he agreed a severance package which includes a gagging clause, or will he spill the beans?
* What contact has been made with Slaven Bilic?
* We should remember Slaven Bilic’s loyalty last time he was at Upton Park. He moved to Everton at the first sniff of bigger money
* Did he go because he felt he had lost the dressing room?
* Did the club lie to him over George McCartney and the likely signing of Paolo Ferreira?
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UPDATE: This is the statement just released from the club…
West Ham United can confirm that Alan Curbishley has tendered his
resignation as manager and that it has been accepted.
A club statement said: “We can confirm that we have accepted Alan
Curbishley’s resignation as we feel it is in the best interests of both
parties. We wish Alan all the success in the future. A shortlist of
candidates is being drawn up and an announcement will be made in due course
about the new West Ham United manager.”
What a disgraceful statement. Tells us nothing and fails to thank Curbishley.