Wednesday, February 27, 2008

West Ham Still Aiming for Europe

West Ham manager Alan Curbishley says West Ham are still looking to achieve European qualification via the Premier League.

"We have to win at least half of our remaining games - and perhaps do a little bit more than that," said the West Ham manager. "I feel very confident. We need a bit of stability because in the last four or five years we've had a play-off final we lost, a play-off final we won and then last season was played out across the back pages."

Alan Curbishley also tried to put pressure upon Avram Grant ahead of this weekend's game,

"Everything Avram Grant does is going to be analysed and that is something he has to handle. I looked at the cup final and the start was the most important thing and Tottenham made much the better start. If you are lucky enough to be a manager of a top-four club then that comes with the territory.

"Being a manager is getting tougher. That honeymoon period has gone."


At 10:46 AM, Anonymous portugal said...

i think this season curbishley has handled the media well, although in this instance i think that he s made a mistake. the last thing curbishley needed to do is remind chelsea, and grant,about their poor start to the carling cup final. the press has been filled with stories of dissension within the chelsea camp, but west ham management does not need to be providing chelsea with added motivation. curbishley needs to be a bit more careful in what he says about opponents,especially prior to matches

At 4:55 PM, Blogger RapidHammer said...

Saw the Chelsea game last season - and West Ham did very well in the first half and in the second one until Chelsea scored the third goal. If the Hammers hadn't celebrated Carlitos' leveller too much or Bobby Z had sored at the beginning of the 2nd half the Hammers would have achieved something from that game (instead of losing 1-4). I think they can do it this year. C'mon yu Irons!!

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous greendressinDUBLIN said...

portugal, i completely agree with your post.

he employed the same tactic preceding the last game between the two teams and it just served to rile grant. i understand that you want to play psychological games with your opponent. however, i wish he would concentrate on getting inside of the head of his players, and hopefully get them to score and win the remainder of the games.

i would prefer if he were to use subtlety and creativity as his big stick against the opposition and not his mouth.

At 9:05 PM, Anonymous portugal said...

cheers dublin. i agree with rapidhammer, that we have a chance to get something from this match,altho i d have preferred curbishley not to rattle chelsea s cage. there s never an ideal time to play chelsea,but the disagreements that have occurred within the club,and the slight knock to chelsea s confidence in letting the carling cup slip away ,might just put a bit of added pressure on them in their visit to upton park. i think we have a real chance here ,provided we keep mistakes to the bare minimum


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