Remember George Graham? Well we have another one…
The Premier League club’s former manager, who walked out in September last year claiming players were sold without his consent, is eventually expected to receive about £1 million, a year’s basic salary, but will have his legal costs met. Even sources close to Curbishley don’t expect him to receive the full £3 million.
A hearing is set for January to finalise the exact level of compensation, but the scale of Curbishley’s legal bills is not unexpected considering the high-profile nature of the case.
are under severe financial strain but have budgeted for the costs of settling with Curbishley whose relationship with the club deteriorated throughout the summer before he departed. There were discussions as to whether he should be replaced before he walked out.
Curbishley is keen for a return to management in the Premier League but has set his sights high and would only, it’s believed, consider a club in the top ten of the division or one with the resources or aspirations to achieve that.
He was considered for the Sunderland job before Steve Bruce was appointed while, for example, it’s understood that he would not be interested in Hull City, who West Ham play on Saturday, should Phil Brown be sacked.
West Ham have not made any public statements about the case but are privately furious at the way the club has been portrayed.
They argue that the players sold — Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney both, ironically, to Sunderland — wanted to leave and that good prices were achieved at a time when the club was facing the financial meltdown of its then owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson.
However Curbishley’s contract appeared to state he had the final say on transfers.
Yeah we know about the compensation and legal costs but the bit that tickled me was the paragraph highlighted and how it takes me back to George Graham STILL waiting for that big job.
OH and ‘one with resources’? Jesus I pity the next club!!