The Independent reports a clash between Lucas Neill and Alan Curbishley after the Blackburn game in which the West Ham captain urged his manager to show more leadership and told him the team had kept him in a job.
It is understood that, in front of the West Ham team, Neill told Curbishley that the players had “kept you in a job” and that the manager himself needed to do more to lead the team.
The clash came despite the second victory of the season for the West Ham manager and was with one of his more vocal, if not popular, first-team players. With a squad full of difficult personalities to manage, feelings were running high in the immediate aftermath of the game when Curbishley was told by Neill that he needed to “inspire” his players. West Ham had snatched two goals in injury time to make the scoreline look lot more comfortable than the match had been.
There was a stand-off between Neill and Curbishley, although it is not expected that the player will be disciplined for his outburst. When he spoke to the press after the Blackburn match, Curbishley admitted that it was “a bit lively in the dressing-room afterwards because we [were] a little frustrated” at letting Blackburn get “back into it”. According to sources that was an understatement, with Matthew Upson and Craig Bellamy also involved in an angry exchange.
Read the full article HERE. Angry exchanges in dressing rooms are nothing new, but this adds fuel to the Mail rumours that Curbishley is looking for an exit. If he feels he has lost the dressing room, he may feel it is his only option, especially with the way he feels the Board has treated him.
Apropo of nothing, KUMB is reporting that West Ham rejected a £10 million bid from Spurs for Carlton Cole, saying they value him at £12 million. That surely has to be a windup.