Curbs cools England link

07 December 2007 01:58
West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley insists he is happy at Upton Park amid speculation suggesting he is in the frame to become the next England boss. Curbishley was rumoured to be at the centre of a rift between Football Association heavyweights Sir Trevor Brooking and Brian Barwick. According to reports, the FA's director of football development Brooking favoured a homegrown coach to take the England helm, while chief executive Barwick was eyeing a high-profile continental appointment. However, Curbishley has distanced himself from the talk by claiming he doesn't believe he is in the running to replace the sacked Steve McClaren. "I don't know why this has come out. I don't know how much substance is in it, if any," he said. "But it's the topic everyone wants to talk about at the moment. Every day there's speculation. "I'm happy and committed to West Ham. We have a massive week coming up and as far as I'm concerned nothing will get in the way of that."

Source: ESA