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Bilic In Place Of Curbishley?

I upset a few West Ham fans in early May by suggesting that Alan Curbishley was not up to the task of taking West Ham forward:

So Alan Curbishley’s job is safe – news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foo…

The question I have is what exactly has he achieved as a manager?

Ok, he took Charlton to 7th place in the Premier League in 2004 and kept them in the Premier League from 2000 until he left in 2006, but in several of those seasons, Charlton were doing reasonably well in the first half of the season, before fading away in the second half of the season.

Curbishley may be technically competent, but he appears to lack motivational ability, and at the top levels of the game, the ability to motivate players must be at least as important as technical ability.

An alternative measure of the manager of a medium-sized club in the first two tiers is cup performance, but all Curbishley managed in 15 years at Charlton was to take them to the FA Cup 6th round on 3 occasions (see football.totalworlds.com/clu… ), mediocre by any standard.

If Slaven Bilic could be persuaded to take over from Curbishley after Euro 2008, it would be quite a coup for the club.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Bilic still has an affinity for the club.

“His form for the Hammers saw him selected for the Croatian national team for the Euro 96 held in England. He shone on the international stage as Croatia made their way to the quarterfinals of the tournament where they were beaten by eventual winners Germany.

His displays in the tournament led to Joe Royle brokering a £4.5M move to Everton in March 1997, but Bilic claimed he had a debt of loyalty to West Ham that saw him stay with the club until the end of the season to ensure they were not relegated.”

(Article first published on BBC 606)


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