Curbishley wields the axe

  • by fans forum
  • Wednesday, 16th April 2008

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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