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Curbishley blasts Duxbury

Filed: Saturday, 13th September 2008
By: Staff Writer

Former United boss Alan Curbishley has hit out at Scott Duxbury for undermining him during his final days at West Ham.

Curbishley, talking to the Sun, revealed how Duxbury had told him that he had no intention of selling any players following Anton Ferdinand's departure to Sunderland - days before agreeing a deal that saw George McCartney follow Ferdinand to the North East.

“When Ferdinand was sold to Sunderland, Scott Duxbury told me that he was the last player out," he said. “The other players were becoming a bit anxious at what was going on and I reassured them by telling them what I had been told.

“Then, on the Tuesday ahead of the Carling Cup game with Macclesfield, I said the same thing publicly in my Press conference. Again the subject of selling players was raised after the Blackburn game at home and once more I stated that no one else would be sold.

“Then, of course, the following Monday McCartney was sold and I’d been completely undermined making my position untenable. I had to resign because I couldn’t accept what was going on - and if I had stayed, then I would have condoned it.”

Curbishley alos revealed that he had no input into the three arrivals - Di Michele, Ilunga and Lopez - who joined the club after Curbishley had walked.

“I went to a meeting on September 1 — the last day of the transfer window. It was a continuation of a conversation which began the previous day with Gianluca Nani and Scott Duxbury," he added.

“On the Sunday I told them we must keep McCartney and if that meant no players coming in then I was happy to stick with the squad I had. But when I arrived at 1pm I discovered that George was already at Sunderland having a medical.

“I told them that we needed to get a defender in because having sold half of my first choice back four — Anton and McCartney — we needed cover. Chelsea defender Paulo Ferreira was mentioned and I agreed on a move for him as he is a versatile player and that’s what we needed.

“Both Di Michele and Ilunga were mentioned to me. However, I told Nani and Duxbury that I had never seen either player play, and for that reason I couldn’t comment on them. I stressed again the necessity of getting a defender in.

“They went ahead and signed Di Michele and Llunga and had I stayed on, then I would not have known them on the training ground. Walter Lopez — who was also signed on loan — had been on trial with us for nine days but, along with the coaching staff, we opted not to take him and he was sent back. Then, mysteriously, he’s been signed for a year as well.

“It’s important to me that I make it very clear I had nothing to do with those players. I hope they are good players and help West Ham but I want people to know they were signed without my input or permission - and that’s unacceptable.”

Despite being forced out of the club he loved after less than two years in charge Curbishley passed on his best wishes to his successor.

“I want to congratulate Gianfranco Zola on getting the job and wish him all the best, and I mean that,” he said.

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by Mark Nunnery
11:37AM 15th Sep 2008
''This whole affair stinks, the way Curbs was treated by Duxbury over the sale of McCartney and Ferdinand leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. I'm wondering how much 'input' Duxbury is going to have in the way Zola wants to run team affairs.''

by iron in the blood
09:35PM 14th Sep 2008
''I was never a Curbs fan. But what the board, Nani and Duxbury have done - and how they have done it - is unacceptable. They board says that they received a written transfer request from George, yet he says there he never wrote one. The board insists that there is one. Well, produce it.

If the board didn't have faith in Alan they should have made it simple and given him the sack at the end of last season.

I wish Zola all the best and hope the club pumps a heck of a lot of dosh into the club. But we'll just have to wait and see.''

by chickenron
06:42PM 14th Sep 2008
''I have heard from Sunderland sources that they stood down on the McCartney transfer when Curbishley went public that no more players were for sale but that West Ham resurrected the discussions (unknown to Curbishley ) the previous Wednesday. Curbs is right about the discussions between him and Duxbury on the following Sunday (ie he was told if he wanted players brought in on loan he had to sell McCartney) and he said he would prefer to keep George and soldier on.

Curbs acted with integrity but because his contract around signing off players has been so obviously breached he will be handsomely compensated.

The real issue is whether it was the bankers calling the shots and therefore the outcome was fairly inevitable or whether Duxbury wanted Curbs out and set up a situation that any body of reasonable integrity could not live with.

There does seem to be an emerging pattern at West Ham of shoddy amateurism
amongst the so called Executives leading to either massive compensation or profligate poor value for money.

Why are we not delving further into Kia J's new role in the club?''

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