Alan Curbishley was hired as the new manager of English football club West Ham yesterday. West Ham was recently bought by Icelandic businessmen.
Eggert Magnússon, owner of West Ham, fired former manager Alan Pardew earlier this week, despite having declared that the manager was not in danger of losing his job. RÚV reports.
Magnússon told reporters at a press conference yesterday that he knew he had to make a tough decision in light of West Ham’s recent performance and challenging games ahead. He said it had been in the team’s best interest to get a new manager at this point.
West Ham has been far from successful in the English Premier League this season. The team reached a new low on Saturday, when it was beaten 4-0 by Bolton. The team’s management hopes Curbishley will turn West Ham’s luck around.
Curbishley told reporters he thought Pardew would understand why he had lost his job and wish him all the best as West Ham’s new manager.
Curbishley, who played for West Ham between 1975 and 1979 and served as manager for football club Charlton for 15 years, will lead West Ham for the first time in a match against the Premier League’s top team Manchester United next weekend.