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Curbishley wields the axe

Filed: Wednesday, 16th April 2008
By: fans forum

Alan Curbishley will be asked to reduce the size of his squad this summer in order to facilitate new signings.

Directors Nick Igoe and Scott Duxbury, talking to supporters at tonight's fans' forum admitted that new signings are planned this summer - but that others must go first in order to reduce the size of a squad felt to be too large.

The first team squad is set to be reduced to about 24 players, meaning that around half a dozen players - at least - are likely to be moved on in the summer.

In other matters, Igoe and Duxbury confirmed yesterday's news which revealed that a team from Roehampton University had been charged with examining the club's medical set-up.

The Roehampton team - who have previously worked with Chelsea, amongst others - will be charged with creating a technical team that works independently of the manager and his players.

Roehampton will work alongside Gianluca Nani when the Italian officially joins the Hammers in June. However his main brief will be to begin implementing a world-wide scouting network with the intention of identifying players at both youth and first team level.

Igoe and Duxbury also confirmed that plans to move the club to the existing Parcel Force site by West Ham tube station are in the balance due to the safety concerns of the nearby gas cylinders.

It was also confirmed that the deal to move the club's training facilities was under way, with the new location close to being secured.

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by Gary W
01:34PM 18th Apr 2008
''We get a bundle of cash. Spend it. And now have to give it back again. False promises?''

by John Fellowes
11:16AM 18th Apr 2008
''Have we not heard all this before? Plans, good intentions and ambitions for the club. Then a pretty second rate manager is employed - in truth a small club manager with a small club mentality. Some very ordinary players, well past their best are signed and an inbred stubborn attitude that seems to ignore the fact that players such as Cole and Boa Morte are simply not good enough but still they are selected. How many goals has LBM scored this year and how many has he created?

Let us hope that some serious action can now be taken to move the club forward.''

by David
01:45PM 17th Apr 2008
''Once again we can see West Ham's lack of commitment in the boardroom. If you want a successful football club you have to have the best players. Once again the manager is asked to run a Premiership side with Championship players. Although that wasn't stated, that in real terms is what it means.

Can they seriously be thinking of letting Robert Green go or Dean Ashton? How are they going to replace players of that calibre more cheaply in the football market of today?

The people who own clubs are not interested in football. It's only money. How short sighted. If the team do badly, how much money will they lose? I'm not sure they are even competent businessmen with that kind of mentality. The only manager who can get average players to play above themselves is Harry Rednapp, who the Hammers lost due to incompetence some time ago.

I still thinks Curbs should be given more time, but he can't do it if he hasn't got the players. He is not Harry. Having supported West Ham for some 45 years now, I shall watch next season and if as a result of this clear out they bounce along the bottom again, I'll take my support to a club that really wants to try and go somewhere and win something.

West Ham will never be a Man U or Liverpool, but at least they can give it their best shot. Sack the chairman.''

by Alex P
12:47PM 17th Apr 2008
''Tottenham go one way - We go the other. Our club is going backwards!''

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