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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 August 2007, 18:44 GMT 19:44 UK
Curbishley fumes at bust-up talk
Alan Curbishley (right) and Craig Bellamy pose for the cameras
Alan Curbishley (right) signed Craig Bellamy last month from Liverpool
West Ham manager Alan Curbishley has reacted furiously to allegations he had a row with Craig Bellamy after the opening-day loss to Manchester City.

"It's an absolute fabrication, complete and utter nonsense," Curbishley told BBC Radio 5live.

"There just seems to be an agenda out there at the moment - 'Let's get Curbs' or 'Let's write about West Ham'.

"I'm fed up of trying to defend myself, but what can I do? Craig's upset about it because nothing happened at all."

606: DEBATE

West Ham lost 2-0 at home to City but bounced back with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City at St Andrews on Saturday.

Bellamy started the game up front with Bobby Zamora and won the penalty that Mark Noble converted on 70 minutes.

The victory lifted the Hammers out of the bottom three.

Despite the welcome three points, Curbishley accepted speculation over his future or that of any Premier League manager would be inevitable if the club was lingering near the bottom of the table by September.

"It is the life we lead," said the former Charlton boss. "We know it is around the corner.

"If your side is in the bottom six after the first month or two then it is something people can get their teeth into."



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