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West Ham settle Alan Curbishley compensation claim

Alan Curbishley
Alan Curbishley left West Ham in September 2008

West Ham have settled the compensation claim made against them by former manager Alan Curbishley.

The 52-year-old, who left the club in September 2008 won his case for constructive dismissal against the Hammers last November.

And an undisclosed compensation fee has now been settled by the club's new owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

"With my managerial record intact, I am now looking forward to getting back into management," said Curbishley.

"It has taken many months to conclude this case but I am proud of my record at West Ham.

"I would like to thank David Sullivan for acting quickly and concluding the settlement since his arrival at West Ham."

Last autumn, a Premier League managers' arbitration tribunal upheld Curbishley's claim and dismissed a counter-claim by the Hammers but did not decide on the amount of compensation.

Curbishley resigned after defenders Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney were sold against his wishes.

I am pleased this has all been settled. We moved as swiftly as we could to resolve the matter in a positive manner with Alan and his representatives

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan

The former Charlton boss launched his case after the Hammers counterclaimed for the cost of employing Curbishley's successor Gianfranco Zola and his assistant Steve Clarke.

A statement from West Ham read: "West Ham United are pleased to confirm the club has settled all outstanding matters with Alan Curbishley.

"Upon taking charge of the club last month along with David Gold, joint-chairman David Sullivan acted straight away in order to reach a settlement that was in the best interests of all parties.

"An FA Premier League arbitration tribunal had previously upheld Curbishley's claim of wrongful dismissal following his resignation at the beginning of the 2008-09 season."

Sullivan added: "I am pleased this has all been settled. We moved as swiftly as we could to resolve the matter in a positive manner with Alan and his representatives.

"As football people, we realise this had to be dealt with from a moral and legal point of view as quickly and possible. It was best to draw a line through what had gone on under the previous owners, allowing us instead to focus fully on our challenge of taking West Ham United forward."

Curbishley made 85 first-team appearances for West Ham during his playing career and rejoined the club as manager in December 2006, saving them from relegation in his first season.

In his first full campaign at Upton Park, Curbishley steered West Ham to a 10th-place finish in the Premier League.

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Curbishley quits as West Ham boss
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