17 Feb 2010

The League Managers Association (LMA) can confirm that Alan Curbishley and West Ham United have finalised all issues in relation to his departure from the club in September 2009.

The Managers’ Arbitration Tribunal of the FA Premier League previously, had unanimously upheld Alan Curbishley’s claim of wrongful dismissal against West Ham United Football Club. He resigned at the beginning of the 2008/09 Season after the Club sold Anton Ferdinand and subsequently George McCartney to Sunderland against his wishes.

The Tribunal upheld Alan Curbishley’s right to have ultimate sole authority in relation to the sale and purchase of players, found that the conduct of the Club amounted to a fundamental breach of contract and that Alan Curbishley was therefore entitled to resign.

With Charlton Athletic and West Ham United, Curbishley has managed almost 800 games. He joined West Ham, in December, 2006 and kept them in the Barclays Premier League that season after a dramatic last-day victory at Manchester United. 

Commenting on the issue, Alan Curbishley said;

"It has taken many months to conclude this case but I am proud of my record at West Ham which included a win ratio of 40%, after initially keeping the club in the Premier League and a 10th place finish in my only full season in charge. I would like to thank David Sullivan for acting quickly and concluding the settlement since his arrival at West Ham. I would also like to thank the LMA, Mike Morrison of Hill Dickinson and Paul Gilroy QC for their support, hard work and confidence in my case. With my managerial record intact, I am now looking forward to the future and getting back into football management.”