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Saturday, February 24, 2007

"I hope our luck is a bit better than yours"

This is apparently what Richard Murray said to Curbs when he called to wish him good luck on getting the West Ham job in December, which goes some way to demonstrate the relationship that the two of them had at the Valley. But since that first day win over manure, the job at West Ham seems to be getting more difficult for Curbs. With only one win in 12 games the pressure is on our old manager and he could probably do without a visit to his old stomping ground today..

The conversation between Murray and Curbs is reported in a very good in-depth article in the independent where it also reviews todays game. The article also gives various reasons to suggest that we have come out rather well in Decembers manager swap deal. Curbs' lack of communication skills is mentioned, negative moods, his complaining with even "sulking" being suggested.

Pardew, meanwhile, "was popular among the staff", making his replacements' job much more difficult. And to think that we said back in April that it'll be very difficult to find someone like Curbs to manage Charlton...

In fact, it goes some ways to showing the benefits of managing a club that doesn't have a lot of money to throw around. Expectations have been high at West Ham all season and failure on the pitch has been that much hard to take. And now there's the spending of £19m that raises hopes even more. Then there's the concern about points being deducted over the Tevez and Mascherano deal.

On the other hand, Pards has had precious little to spend and has to draw an improvement from other sources. A trip to Spain, changes to the Training Ground all appear to have improved the feelings in the camp. It all comes down to whether we are good enough or not, although at this point in the season passion, belief and fight can win games. Just look at Sheff U.

As for todays team news, it seems that both Hreidarsson and Bougherra are out, still recovering from injury so Elk's partner in defence looks to be Diawara. At least they both speak the same language.

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