West Ham boss warns players in language they understand

And no, we don’t mean Welsh, Swedish or Ghanaian! Alan Curbishley is fed up with his team’s poor league form after they crumbled to a 1-0 home defeat to Portsmouth, who should have really been there for the taking considering Harry Redknapp rested a couple of players and Pompey’s recent FA Cup exertions.

Nevertheless, the Daily Mail has reported that tenth-placed Hammers better shape up if the squad are going to receive any bonuses at the end of the season. Just four points separate them from Spurs and the prospect of missing out on some extra loot, poor lambs.

“This year their bonuses are geared to being in the top 10,” said Curbishley. “They get nothing for not being there. We need to be in that top 10 to take anything from the season.

“I can’t keep complaining about what’s gone on at the club. We’ve fizzled out in games. The opportunities have been there for us to push on, but we haven’t taken them.”

It’s something of a mystery why a top-ten finish should mean so much to any club, apart from the pride at finishing in the upper half of the table. It’s not as if you get to play in Europe, although the higher up the league you finish, the more prize money that’s awarded to the club. Next up for West Ham is a trip to Bolton – will their players be up for it on a cold afternoon up north?

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