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Postby cockney hammer on Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:52 am

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Pompey switch could cost Curbishley millions

Matt Scott

Alan Curbishley's hopes of a return to management with Portsmouth could cost him millions in compensation as he battles West Ham United for a payout.

The Upton Park club must file their defence this week in a case brought by Curbishley to a tribunal that has been arranged through the Premier League. Curbishley is aware that if he takes up a job it could have a material effect on the size of any award the three-man tribunal might rule in his favour. But employment law also obliges him to be available for work while the tribunal deliberates, and that means he must make efforts to get a new job.

West Ham are confident the tribunal will rule in their favour, arguing that the former Charlton Athletic manager resigned from his position unilaterally. Curbishley, who is claiming two years' salary totalling £3m, alleges that he was not accorded sufficient control over transfer matters and that this amounts to constructive dismissal.

The case will swing on minutes of board meetings held to discuss transfer business. A provisional date for the hearing has been set for April or May, meaning that, if Curbishley does take up the Portsmouth position, legal argument could intrude on his preparations in the club's end-of-season run-in.




the mail


Cole call shows how desperate England boss Capello is for firepower up front



Carlton Cole is in a good run of form and it has caught the eye of Fabio Capello, but the West Ham striker should enjoy his England moment because it surely won't last.
The country must be desperately short of firepower if Cole suddenly looks like a viable option.

For all his goals this season and the potential he once showed at Chelsea, Cole still needs a handful of chances before he scores and his brain is just not naturally attuned to the game at top level.

Sure, he has made improvements. His movement is better and he is exploiting his strength to occupy defenders but the mature, finished article he is not.
Form is temporary, but international class should be longer lasting - and Cole doesn't have it.



Guus Hiddink could earn up to £2.5m for a four-month stint as Chelsea's caretaker manager. (Various)

Other estimates suggest the Dutchman could pocket as much as £4m and he is expected to fly to England on Saturday to watch his new team in their FA Cup tie at Watford. (Daily Express)

Hiddink has agreed to manage Chelsea and Russia until the end of the season following Luiz Felipe Scolari's dismissal as Blues boss. (Various)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will appoint a permanent manager in the summer, with AC Milan's Carlo Ancelotti his preferred candidate followed by Croatia coach Slaven Bilic. (Various)

Abramovich, who agreed a £7.1m severance package with Scolari on Tuesday night, will match Hiddink's £100,000-a-week wages he earns for coaching Russia. (Various)

Scolari was just over seven months into a four-year contract and so will walk away with more than £7.5m. (Guardian)

Blues chief executive Peter Kenyon could be the next man to leave Stamford Bridge after he expressed a desire to see Scolari given more time. (Daily Mail)

Senior Chelsea players, including goalkeeper Petr Cech, midfielder Michael Ballack and striker Didier Drogba, met Abramovich before the 0-0 draw with Hull as the owner prepared to sack his club's manager. (Daily Star)

Friends of Cech concede the player had a problem with former manager Scolari but insist he did not push for the Brazilian to be dismissed. (The Sun)

Scolari was twice talked out of walking away from Chelsea - after the FA Cup draw at home to Southend and the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United - before he was sacked. (Daily Express)

Hiddink's impressive second spell in charge of PSV Eindhoven, in which he won three league titles, came despite unrest among fans that resulted in him receiving death threats and bullets in the post. (The Sun)


Portsmouth hope to begin talks with Mexico manager Sven Goran Eriksson after his side's midweek World Cup qualifier against the United States. (Daily Mail)

The club are prepared to wait to find out if Eriksson is dismissed by Mexico before appointing a manager to succeed Tony Adams. (The Times)

Pompey's former technical director Avram Grant is set to be named the club's new manager - unless Eriksson is sacked by Mexico this week. (Daily Star)

Alan Curbishley's hopes of a return to management with Portsmouth could cost him millions in compensation as he battles his former club West Ham for a payout. (Guardian)

Adams received a telephone call during the birthday party of his five-year-old son Atticus to inform the former England defender he had been sacked. (The Sun)

The 42-year-old revealed he almost quit the job before Christmas after his transfer budget was slashed. (Various)


Manchester City fear they will lose striker Daniel Sturridge at the end of the season because of the 19-year-old's huge wage demands. (Daily Mirror)

Doncaster chairman John Ryan insists he will not be bullied by Birmingham into selling defender Matt Mills. (Daily Mirror)


Joe Kinnear's future as Newcastle manager is in doubt after doctors told him he needs an emergency heart bypass operation. (The Sun)

Manchester City have dismissed former owner Thaksin Shinawatra from his position as honorary president. (Daily Mail)

City have lined up former Arsenal and England winger Brian Marwood for a role in the boardroom as the club continue to take shape under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour. (The Times)

The club are to cut season ticket prices next season for the first time in their history. (Various)

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has demanded that goalkeeper Artur Boruc is given the biggest fine in the club's history after beating up team-mate Aiden McGeady. (Daily Record)

Aston Villa winger James Milner, 23, is set to be given his England debut against Spain on Wednesday night. (Various)

England boss Fabio Capello's lack of striking options may result in a debut for West Ham forward Carlton Cole. (Times)

Capello has given his clearest indication yet that midfielder David Beckham must stay at AC Milan if he wants to be selected for the 2010 World Cup. (Daily Mirror)

Spain striker David Villa says his side will prove they are worthy European champions by beating England. (Daily Star)

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington insists there is no rift between him and striker David Healy. (Various)

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has warned South African striker Benni McCarthy he must shape up or risk missing out on the 2010 World Cup in his homeland. (Various)

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva believes the club's failure to replace him and other experienced players is the reason behind their struggles this season. (Various)

Setanta is believed to be seeking an urgent meeting with the Premier League in the hope it will broker a deal to regain the rights it lost in last week's record-breaking TV auction. (Guardian)

Former Newcastle majority shareholders Freddy Shepherd, Sir John Hall and their families made almost £146m from their time at St James' Park, according to figures released by the club. (Guardian)

Sin bins for yellow card offences will be discussed this month by the International Football Association Board. (Daily Mail)

Young Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta faces a year on the sidelines after breaking his leg and ankle in training. (Daily Mirror)


Middlesbrough defender Matthew Bates has revealed that the message seen on his T-shirt after the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City - Memories last forever Gibbo - was for his 22-year-old friend Andrew Gibson, who died last week after suffering serious head injuries in a car crash seven months ago. (The Sun)
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DAILY MIRROR

John Terry last night admitted Guus Hiddink will arrive at Chelsea needing to revive a split dressing room.

Portsmouth owner Alexandre Gaydamak is hoping Sven-Goran Eriksson gets the sack by Mexico - to save him a whopping £2.7million compensation bill.

Manchester City fear they will lose 19-year-old striker Daniel Sturridge at the end of the season because they are not prepared to meet his huge wage demands.

Mick McCarthy has extended Andy Keogh's Wolves deal until 2012.

Stephen Carr is hoping to make a comeback with Alex McLeish's Birmingham - months after hanging up his boots.

DAILY STAR

Sam Allardyce has told Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy to shape up or forget his World Cup dream.

Avram Grant is set to take over at Portsmouth - as long as Sven Goran Eriksson does not get axed by Mexico this week.

Birmingham have completed the signing of Portsmouth defender Djimi Traore on an three-month emergency loan deal.

Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller, 29, has been sidelined for a maximum of six weeks due to a dislocated shoulder.

Wigan fear that Ecuadorian winger Antonia Valencia, 23, could be out for up to a month after aggravating a hamstring strain against Fulham.

Midfielder Gilberto claims Arsenal never replaced him - and that is why they are struggling this season.

Craig Bellamy claims Wales face a make-or-brake March that will decide their World Cup fate.

Shattered Robbie Keane has vowed to shrug off a bout of fatigue and lead the Republic of Ireland a step closer to the World Cup.

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington insists there is no rift with record scorer David Healy.

Hotshot David Villa insists Spain will prove they are worthy European champions by stuffing England.

James Milner is set to be given his England debut against Spain tonight.

Guus Hiddink will earn up to £2.5m for just 14 weeks' work at Chelsea.

THE SUN

Tony Adams got the sack from Portsmouth at his son's birthday party.

Gilberto Silva admitted it breaks his heart to see the demise of his beloved Arsenal.

Former England midfielder Nicky Barmby is out of contract in the summer and is playing for his future at Hull.

Birmingham have signed former Liverpool defender Djimi Traore.

Sam Allardyce has warned Benni McCarthy he must shape up - or risk missing out on his 2010 World Cup dream.

Andy Keogh has extended his contract at Wolves until the summer of 2012.

Boss Alex Ferguson has put Italian Manchester United rookies Federico Macheda and Davide Petrucci, both 17, in his 30-man Champions League 'A' squad in place Owen Hargreaves and Manucho.

Fabio Capello has enlisted the help of Spain's triumphant Euro 2008 coach for his World Cup campaign.

Kaka has told Chelsea they have made a big mistake by sacking Phil Scolari so quickly.

Petr Cech is not sad to see the back of Phil Scolari but insists he did not stick the knife into the axed Chelsea boss.

Joe Kinnear's Newcastle future is on doubt after doctors told him he needs an emergency heart bypass operation.

Guss Hiddink could pocket up to £2.5million for a four-month stint as Chelsea's caretaker boss.

DAILY MAIL

Blackburn are monitoring Egypt midfielder Hosny Abd Rabo, who will feature in tonight's friendly with Ghana.

Middlesbrough defender Robert Huth says the pressure of relegation is weighing heavily on the squad.

Managerless Portsmouth hope to begin talks with Sven Goran Eriksson after Mexico's World Cup qualifier against the United States tonight.

Stoke have been lifted by news striker Ricardo Fuller will be out for no more than six weeks with a dislocated shoulder, sustained in the weekend loss to Sunderland.

Birmingham have signed Portsmouth defender Djimi Traore on a three-month loan.

Sin-Bins for yellow card offences will be discussed this month by the International Football Association Board.

Craig Bellamy has warned that his colleagues are gambling with their international futures if they cannot go through the pain barrier for Wales.

John Terry last night pointed the finger at his Chelsea team-mates for getting Luiz Felipe Scolari the sack and admitted only 'two or three players' supported the Brazilian coach.

DAILY EXPRESS

Caretaker manager Paul Hart expects to be in charge of Portsmouth for Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester City - even though Sven-Goran Eriksson is ready to fly to the club's aid this week.

The Premier League are considering player quotas in a attempt to stave off spending limits.

Robbie Keane says his ill-fated stint at Liverpool has left him lacking match fitness ahead of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier with Georgia in Dublin tonight.

Craig Bellamy has set himself the double challenge of taking Welsh football on to the world stage and turning Manchester City into one of the best sides on the planet.

Mick McCarthy has handed his under-fire striker Andy Keogh a huge vote of confidence with a new contract.

Djimi Traore could not wait to quit Portsmouth and join Birmingham City after being frozen out by Tony Adams.

Luiz Felipe Scolari twice had to be talked out of walking away from Chelsea before the axe finally fell.

John Terry has pointed the finger at a divided Chelsea dressing room by claiming the players are to blame for Luiz Felipe Scolari's downfall.

Guus Hiddink could be inline to pocket £4million for four month's work when he takes over as Chelsea's new manager this weekend.

DAILY RECORD

Furious Gordon Strachan has demanded that keeper Artur Boruc is hammered with the biggest club fine in Celtic history for his attack on Aiden McGeady.



THE SUN: Guus Hiddink could pocket up to £2.5million for a four-month stint as Chelsea's caretaker boss. Also: Phil Scolari had the support of only a handful of Chelsea players.

DAILY MIRROR: John Terry last night admitted Guus Hiddink will arrive at Chelsea needing to revive a split dressing-room. Also: David Beckham will make England history tonight after Fabio Capello gave the clearest signal yet he needs to stay at AC Milan to remain on board until the World Cup.

DAILY MAIL: Roman Abramovich completed one of the most astonishing deals in English football history last night when he replaced his World Cup-winning manager with a coach he will share with Russia. Also: John Terry last night pointed the finger at his Chelsea team-mates for getting Luiz Felipe Scolari the sack and admitted only 'two or three players' supported the Brazilian coach.

DAILY EXPRESS: Guus Hiddink could be in line to pocket £4million for four months' work when he takes over as Chelsea's new manager this weekend. Also: John Terry has pointed the finger at a divided Chelsea dressing room by claiming the players are to blame for Luiz Felipe Scolari's downfall.

DAILY STAR: Guus Hiddink will earn up to £2.5million for just 14 weeks' work at Chelsea. Also: James Milner is set to be given his England debut against Spain tonight.

THE TIMES: Chelsea are confident of naming Guus Hiddink as their temporary manager this week, but the Russia coach could be taking on more than he is bargaining for after John Terry revealed the extent of dressing-room divisions at Stamford Bridge. Also: David Beckham expects to be a history-maker this evening by equalling Bobby Moore's outfield record of 108 England caps, but the feat has already been met with indifference by Fabio Capello.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea are optimistic of announcing the appointment of Guus Hiddink as their temporary manager before Saturday after Roman Abramovich personally led the pursuit of the Russia coach. Also: AC Milan admit their coach Carlo Ancelotti may be persuaded to take over at Chelsea in the summer.


THE INDEPENDENT: As Guus Hiddink was all-but confirmed as Luiz Felipe Scolari's successor as Chelsea manager yesterday, the club's captain John Terry implied that it had been Scolari's failure to control the dressing room at Stamford Bridge that was at the heart of his dismissal. Also: David Beckham has every reason to be smiling as he trained alongside Rio Ferdinand at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Seville yesterday.

THE GUARDIAN: Guus Hiddink will be confirmed as Chelsea's short-term replacement for Luiz Felipe Scolari this week and has already been offered a stark picture of what awaits him at Stamford Bridge. Also: Setanta is believed to be seeking an urgent meeting with the Premier League in the hope it will help broker a deal to regain the rights it lost in last week's record-breaking TV auction.
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Re: wedensday's gossip includes west ham

Postby hammersgirl7573 on Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:58 am

I was under the impression that Curb's contract stated he had full control over transfers, so I don't see how the board can weasel out of that one after Anton and Linda were sold. Good luck to him though, hope he wins and gets the Pompey job.

A bit harsh on CFC seeing as he hasn't even kicked a ball for England yet. Give the lad a chance.

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