It’s no secret that Alan Curbishley is the bookmaker’s favourite in their Premier League ‘Sack Race’ market, something that no manager wants to win. West Ham’s 4-1 victory over Macclesfield has done little to end speculation that the Hammers boss is living on borrowed time, especially as the Premier League outfit trailed for most of the match and only made certain of the win in extra-time.
The Guardian reports that Curbs is disappointed by the behaviour of the fans who boo him and the team, pointing out (quite rightly) that it has an adverse effect on the team. However, supporters pay their money and they’re entitled to pipe up if they don’t like what they’re seeing.
“I understand the responsibility that comes with being West Ham manager but the supporters have to realise the effect it has when they’re not behind us,” he said. “I’ve put up with this for a little while now but I’m a big boy, I can cope.”
Tensions between Curbishley and owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson have risen after the Icelander sanctioned the sale of Anton Ferdinand to Sunderland despite the manager’s desire to keep the defender. “I intend to stay here for some time, this is a job I enjoy and feel I can give more to,” said Curbishley. “It disappoints me that this speculation continues, but I suppose that is how football goes.”
West Ham fans, do you think that Curbishley has taken the club as far as he can, or does it not matter who’s in charge if the board are going to undermine the manager by selling players without his approval? It’s clear that all is not well at Upton Park, although it seems to be an increasing phenomenom that the club’s board (not the manager) decide which players to buy and sell.