West Ham manager quits after club sell Ferdinand and McCartney: Was writing on wall anyway?

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Alan Curbishley has resigned as manager of Premier League club West Ham United. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s King Kev shenanigans at the Toon, Curbishley tendered his resignation on Wednesday and it was accepted by West Ham owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson.

The once-tipped England boss has apparently grown disillusioned at the club’s transfer policy, which had led to the recent sales of Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney. The Hammers tried to justify the sales on their website, stating that they were “right for the club” and “based on our best long-term interests”.

But we all know it had nothing to do with that!

Curbs joined the Hammers back in December 2006. After looking certain for relegation, the diminutive former Charlton boss led West Ham to seven wins out of their last nine games, beating Blackburn, Everton, Bolton, Wigan, Arsenal, Middlesbrough and a last-day spectacular 1-0 win at Manchester United, to keep West Ham in the Premiership.

Before the start of the Premier League 2008/09 season, there was increasing speculation about his future at the club. Many bookies had, in fact, tipped him to be the first to go. With the situation at Newcastle Utd unclear and the club claiming “Keegan was not sacked”, it remains to be seen who the bookies pay out on.

Curbishley will no doubt now have a holiday in the sun, whilst West Ham edge closer to Premiership free-fall. Enjoy yourself Alan. The West Ham fans will be in turmoil now.

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