Filed: Wednesday, 14th May 2008
By: Staff Writer
Alan Curbishley has told season ticket holders not to expect major changes in personnel this summer.
Curbishley's comments were included in the season ticket holders renewal pack, which was distributed earlier this week.
In it, Curbishley admitted that the football produced by his team last season was below par - but promised that it would be 'a different West Ham next season'.
However he warned supporters not to expect big signings this summer - or until he had the opportunity to see his best XI in action.
"Although this season has lacked the drama of last season's relegation battle I hope all of you will share my satisfaction with the progress we have made," he wrote.
"A top half finish has to be viewed as a considerable achievement, especially after the high number of injuries we have experienced throughout the season.
"Following our escape last summer the chairman made significant funds available for me to strengthen the squad in the close season. I was able to bring in a number of exciting new players and it has been a major frustration to me that so many of them have barely featured in the first team.
"It is for these reasons that I do not expect to make major changes to the squad this summer. There is a need to consolidate this current squad before assessing whether to bring in new faces.
"I am aware that you are accustomed to West Ham United teams playing attractive attacking football but that our performances this season have not always met your expectations.
"Our back room team are focussing on making sure that all the key members of our squad are available for the pre season and are ready to start next year's campaign in peak condition.
"It is an exciting prospect and, if we can achieve this, I think you will see a different West Ham next season."
Despite Cubishley's comments the Hammers continue to be linked with a string of players - details of which can be seen on our new transfer rumours page.
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10:49AM 19th May 2008
''Yet again we see the ambition that flows from Curbs. Personally I have never been a fan of the man and would rather see a Bilic or even Di Canio in charge. At least both know how to play attacking & flowing football, Also they would at least stop buying players such as the prolific midfield ace Quashie !
Although happy with this years mid-table-ness after last season's roller coaster finale, I am mainly concerned over the amount of injuries to players that have yet to recover. All of these phantom injuries that have set back players for a whole season. Broken legs fair enough, dicky tummy for 7 months? I think not.
If we do not buy any players this summer then lets look into a change of the backroom staff at least, starting with the Physios.
Prediction for next season - more of the same I am afraid. ''
10:49PM 14th May 2008
''As long as 'no major changes' means 5 new players in and 10 out I think most of us will be happy. I think Curbishley is once again limiting the expectation of fans and also trying to avoid the notion of a basement bargain summer sale at West Ham. I will be both disappointed and surprised if there is no major activity during the window.''
01:04PM 14th May 2008
''If this is true, then Curbs (the fool that he is) is dooming the club to the Championship, and is spouting crap if he thinks even with all his players fit, which I cant see happening whilst he runs the strange training regime, that he is going to get anywhere near a euro spot, he is so gravely mistaken. He did sod all at Charlton and will do the same at West Ham.
He plays dull boring football, always has so what's gonna change? He really only has the credentials to manage at best a small club like QPR or Charlton, if the Chair is really ambitious, doubt that as well, dont see his wallet coming out, then he needs a top class manager like Bilic - but I expect that will pass us by until we end up in the Fizzsy Pop league then he sell the club and we'll ben doomed.
No renewing any memberships for me this year purely based on the crap that came out of Upton Park this last season, it was evident what was going to happen from the first game, a mullering by Man City, a Curbs masterpiece!
Do us a favour and leave Curbishley, YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK!!!''
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