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Curbs quits Upton Park

PUBLISHED: 11:56 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:35 05 October 2010

By Ciaran McGrath ALAN Curbishley has sensationally quit West Ham just three games into the new season. The Hammers boss tendered his resignation yesterday and it was accepted by owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson. The shock move, which comes just two days af

By Ciaran McGrath

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

The Hammers boss tendered his resignation yesterday and 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 spokesman said: "We can confirm that we have accepted Alan Curbishley's resignation as we feel it is in the best interests of both parties.

"We wish Alan all the success in the future. 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 said: "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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