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Redknapp: Give Curbs more time

PUBLISHED: 16:14 11 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:11 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG HARRY Redknapp has urged West Ham fans to give Alan Curbishley more time before demanding a shake-up at the club. The Hammers were jeered off the field by their own supporters this week following a disappointing home defeat to Portsmou

By JONATHAN CLEGG

HARRY Redknapp has urged West Ham fans to give Alan Curbishley more time before demanding a shake-up at the club.

The Hammers were jeered off the field by their own supporters this week following a disappointing home defeat to Portsmouth on Tuesday night, their fourth loss in the last six games.

Curbishley also came in for criticism from the Upton Park crowd after admitting that the team had "run out of ideas" once Niko Kranjcar fired Portsmouth in front.

Pompey showed no ill effects from their FA Cup semi-final triumph last weekend as they recorded a third straight win at Upton Park under Redknapp.

But the former Upton park chief has issued a public show of support for his opposite number, calling for fans to recognise Curbishley's achievements this season.

Redknapp praised the West Ham manager for leading the Hammers into the top half of the table despite a crippling casualty list.

"West Ham are doing okay - and on the back of last season they've done well," Redknapp said.

"Alan has had a lot of injuries this year and I think that's been a big problem for him.

"He's lost a lot of key players and if you look at the players that are out, they've got a whole team of players who aren't playing.

"They've got a very strong squad here but the injuries have been a problem all year, and he's still made a massive improvement on where they were last year.

"Last season they were in a relegation

battle until the last game and this year they've been up in the top half all season. Without the injuries, I'm sure they would be higher still.

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