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  • Founded:1905
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Hammers and Curbs hold talks

12 Dec 2006 - 15:51:25

Alan Curbishley looks set to be appointed the new manager of West Ham after Hammers owner Eggert Magnusson revealed he's already held talks with the former Charlton Athletic boss.

Magnusson dispensed with the services of Alan Pardew following Saturday's 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Bolton Wanderers which left the Hammers in 18th place in the table.

Curbishley, who stepped down from Charlton at the beginning of the summer after 15 years with the club, admitted earlier on Tuesday that he would love to hold talks with the Upton Park club and a meeting has already taken place.

Curbishley, 49, enjoyed a spell with the Hammers during his playing career.

"I'd love to know what they want to say - of course I'm interested," he told the Daily Express on Tuesday morning.

"I suspect we'll get together over the next day or so when the dust has settled.

"Perhaps having the chance to manage them, five years after they were allegedly seeking me to replace Harry Redknapp, is a massive honour.

"Once you're brought up in a background like West Ham the affection you have for the club never goes away.

"I'm flattered by the response from fans who believe I should be the next boss but two and two do not always make four.

"West Ham are my club. I come from Canning Town, grew up as a trainee, became a first-team regular and sat at the feet of the incomparable Bobby Moore.

"The England captain would often give me a lift into training and I've never forgotten the lessons he taught me on and off the pitch, especially how to conduct myself in public.

"I can easily tap into the fans' passion for the club, what they want and what they stand for."

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