Wednesday, February 14, 2007


KUMB Poll Reveals record 57% want Curbs Out


Tuesday, 13th February 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

More than half of West Ham United supporters would like to see Alan Curbishley replaced as manager, according to a KUMB poll. A snap poll taken in the wake of United's 1-0 home defeat against Watford on Saturday saw a record 57% of voters call for Curbishley - who has been in the job for less than three months - to be sacked with immediate effect.

Curbishley's disastrous start to his tenure has seen the Hammers win just one league game since he replaced Alan Pardew - that being his first game in charge against Manchester United, a result the former Chalrton boss readily conceded he had little hand in.

Since then United have picked up just three points in the league leaving them five points adrift of 17th-placed Wigan with just 11 games left to play. The only other win under Curbishley came against League One outfit Brighton in the FA Cup.

The appointment of the Canning Town-born boss was greeted initially with a certain amount of scepticism by Hammers supporters who felt that Eggert Magnusson's contacts should have merited a higher-profile arrival to succeed Pardew, who was fired on December 11th.

The recent run of awful results - plus a string of stories highlighting problems between Curbishley and his playing squad - have increased the dissatisfaction amongst supporters who have simply had enough of what has proved to be a wretched season - despite the high-profile arrival of Carlos Tevez, and the long-awaited removal of Terence Brown as chairman (and subsequent purchase by the cash-rich Icelandic consortium).

The KUMB poll result represents the highest percentage ever calling for the dismissal of a current manager; Alan Pardew, even during the darkest days of the Championship never managed to exceed more than 30% in favour of his replacement.

Poll Results

  • For Curbishley - 32%

  • Against - 57%

  • Unsure - 9% (total 337 votes)

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