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Curbishley quits West Ham

PUBLISHED: 16:43 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:35 05 October 2010

SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 01:  West Ham manager Alan Curbishley looks on ahead of the Pre Season Friendly match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 1, 2008 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 01: West Ham manager Alan Curbishley looks on ahead of the Pre Season Friendly match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 1, 2008 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

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ALAN Curbishley has sensationally quit West Ham just three games into the new season. The Hammers boss tendered his resignation today (Wednesday) which it was accepted by owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson. The shock move just two days after the closure of the summer transfer window was confirmed in a brief statement by the club

Phil Ravitz

ALAN Curbishley has sensationally quit West Ham just three games into the new season.

The Hammers boss tendered his resignation today (Wednesday) which it was accepted by owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson.

The shock move, which comes just two days after the closure of the summer transfer window, was confirmed in a brief statement on the club's website.

A club spokesman told the East London Advertiser: "We can confirm that we have accepted Alan Curbishley's resignation as we feel it is in the best interests of both parties.

"A shortlist of candidates is being drawn up and an announcement will be made in due course about the new West Ham United manager."

Initial rumours centred around the deadline day sale of full back George McCartney to former club Sunderland-just days after the Advertiser reported Curbishley as saying he was hoping to arrange a 'behind closed doors' friendly to help the Northern Ireland international with his rehabilitation following a hamstring injury.

Curbishley is also understood to have been disappointed at the sale of centre half Anton Ferdinand-also to Sunderland-despite his public insistence that the defender was going nowhere.

McCartney himself explained his decision to return to the North East for an estimated fee of £4.5 million by saying his wife had been unable to settle in London.

Hammers chief executive Scott Duxbury told the paper: "We had no intention of selling George McCartney, but it became clear in the last couple of days after he handed in a written transfer request that he was desperate to move on for family reasons.

"Once Sunderland came in with an improved offer, we decided the deal was in the best interests of all parties."

Curbishley took over the reins at Upton Park in December, 2006, after 13 seasons in charge at London rivals Charlton Athletic.

During his time in charge of the Hammers he presided over 28 wins in 71 games.

In his first season, he miraculously steered the club to safety when relegation looked a certainty.

Last season he finished in a respectable 10th position.

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