Curbishley took charge of West Ham in December 2006
If Alan Curbishley is feeling the pressure, he is doing a good job of hiding it.
The West Ham boss is the bookmakers' favourite to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season.
After spending 15 years in charge of Charlton Athletic, where his job was one of the safest in football, having his head under the guillotine is a new experience for the 50-year-old.
But, following Saturday's 1-1 friendly draw with Villarreal, when he was again quizzed about his future, Curbishley did not come across as a man who is fearing the chop.
He even raised a smile as he told BBC Sport: "I've been used to being a 40-1 outsider for the sack but there always comes a time when a manager is put in this position - it seems this is my turn.
"It soon goes around and focuses on someone else.
"It is something I don't need but nothing surprises me in football anymore though. The bookies have made their predictions and we will have to see what happens.
"It doesn't concern me, only if it comes true. But I am confident I have got the backing of the club and the board."
To most observers, it seems strange that Curbishley is even being talked about to lose his job, let alone the favourite.
WHO WILL BE THE FIRST PREMIERSHIP BOSS TO GO?
Alan Curbishley 11-2 fav
Kevin Keegan 13-2
Gary Megson 7-1
Mark Hughes 8-1
Paul Ince 10-1
* Odds provided by William Hill and correct on 10 August
He is clearly puzzled too.
Curbishley points out that he kept the Hammers up after arriving at Upton Park in December 2006, then finished 10th in his first full season last time out, and says he is "a bit miffed" by the rumours.
But, in truth, Curbishley's position has been in doubt since he won only one of his first 12 league games in charge.
Last season's consistency, despite a crippling injury list, did not silence the naysayers and a summer of strife - and financial uncertainty - at Upton Park has not helped matters.
Most recently, the club paid off Freddie Ljungberg to release him from his contract - between £3m and £6m depending which newspaper you buy.
The Hammers had to release a statement on Friday absolving Curbishley from blame for the Swede's lucrative deal after vice-chairman Asgeir Fridgeirsson seemingly pointed the finger at him.
Fridgeirsson had said: "It's the manager and his management team who are responsible for paying out the player's salary."
Bobby Zamora also sounded off about the club's finances after being sold, along with John Paintsil, to Fulham for a combined £6.3m.
And goalkeeper Rob Green spoke out publicly about the Hammers' failure to offer him a new contract.
"Those stories are things I don't need," Curbishley added. "I would like us to be on the back pages for the right reasons.
Alan Curbishley celebrates after keeping West Ham up in 2007
"I tried ever so hard last year to stop people taking pot-shots at us but it seems to have come back."
It is down to Curbishley to steady the ship, and placate those fans who are dissatisfied with his reign.
The main charge against him from Hammers' supporters, aside from his perceived negativity in playing only one striker for long spells of last season, is that most of his expensive signings have been injury-prone.
So it has hardly helped that Wales striker Craig Bellamy, who has not played 90 minutes of competitive football since 21 October 2007, will miss at least the first month of the season.
Or that ex-England forward Kieron Dyer has suffered a stress fracture that will keep him on the sidelines as he looks to return from the horrific broken leg he suffered almost a year ago.
True, Curbishley's record at Upton Park is hardly impressive - he has won only 25 of his 67 games in charge of the Hammers.
And he has spent a lot of money - £47m including £5m on this summer's sole major purchase Valon Behrami from Lazio.
That includes £22.5m on four players - Bellamy, Ljungberg, Kieron Dyer and Julien Faubert - who so far have made only a combined total of 34 league starts because of injury.
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