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Statements on Curbishley's departure

Alan Curbishley
Curbishley resigned after becoming disillusioned with the club's transfer policy

Alan Curbishley resigned as manager of West Ham United on Wednesday, ending a spell of almost two years at Upton Park.

The first Premier League managerial casualty of the new season, the 50-year-old Curbishley says he decided to step down over a lack of control over transfers, as West Ham sold Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney in the final days of the transfer window.

BBC Sport details West Ham's explanation for the departure of their manager, Curbishley's reaction, and the response from the League Managers' Association, the body that represents English managers.


"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.

"In the past week, agreement could not be reached with Ferdinand on a new contract to replace his original deal that had just two years left to run.

"McCartney handed in a formal written transfer request after failing to resolve his personal reasons for wanting a move away."


"I started my West Ham United career when I left school in 1974 and have remained a lifelong fan. I have been incredibly proud to manage such a great club and my decision to resign has been very tough.

"The selection of players is critical to the job of the manager and I had an agreement with the club that I alone would determine the composition of the squad.

"However, the club continued to make significant player decisions without involving me. In the end such a breach of trust and confidence meant that I had no option but to leave.

"Nevertheless, I wish the club and the players every success in the future."


"Alan Curbishley has today resigned as manager of West Ham United, a position he had held since December 2006.

"The club's unilateral actions around player transfers, without reference to their manager, have created irreparable damage to Alan's working relationship with the directors.

"The LMA has been working with Alan Curbishley over the past few days in an attempt to resolve his grievances with his employers. Sadly for West Ham United and Alan, reconciliation was not possible in the circumstances."

see also
Curbishley quits as West Ham boss
03 Sep 08 |  West Ham
Di Michele & Ilunga join West Ham
02 Sep 08 |  West Ham
McCartney makes Sunderland return
01 Sep 08 |  West Ham
Ferdinand makes Sunderland switch
27 Aug 08 |  Sunderland
End of big spending at West Ham
09 May 08 |  West Ham
West Ham confirm Nani appointment
17 Mar 08 |  West Ham
Magnusson steps down at West Ham
13 Dec 07 |  West Ham
West Ham accept 85m takeover bid
21 Nov 06 |  West Ham

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