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Will Alan Curbishley get West Ham out of their Premier League slump or is it a bridge to far?

FFC columnist Johnny Moon is disappointed with the manner of West Ham's third 4-0 defeat in a week and is starting to lose patience.

When I came out of Craven Cottage a fortnight ago, you could be forgiven in thinking we had actually lost. Such was the sombre mood that seemed to grip most hammers fans; our normal joyous drink down the King's Road was replaced by an inquest into what is going wrong at Upton Park.

I, forever the optimist, talked up the clubs chances and claimed in many respects that we should be grateful we are still in the Premiership after last season's debacle, but it was clear my words were falling on death ears.

Someone pointed out that given the money we have spent and the top wages we pay out, we deserve to be treated to better than what we are getting. Indeed for most of the second half Paulo Di Canio's name was chanted as a direct reference that we no longer want to tolerate the bog standard football we have been exposed to most of the season. However, are we right to criticise Curbishley when we have had such a wretched run of injuries that have deprived us of the flair and drive that the likes of Dyer, Faubert, Bellamy and for large parts what Ljungberg bring to the team?

I am not a great fan of Alan Curbishley and never wanted him to come in and replace Alan Pardew. I felt with a new board with big pockets, we needed a top continental manager to come in and lift the club to the heights it deserves. I thought Curbs was the easy option for Magnusson, who felt he could appease the unrest that followed Pardew's dismissal, by bringing in the self confessed hammer fan. We all know the outcome of last season and how we orchestrated the great escape, but surely this summer is the time to bring in the players with our bottomless pit of money that will see us challenging for Europe and play the type of football we demand. Unfortunately, neither is happening as this season slowly becomes a damp squib.

So, since that day at Craven Cottage we have been submitted to three 4-0 drubbings and most recently today at White Hart Lane. The effort from the players was appalling and you kind of feel some slump has set in and had me, one of the most positive of hammers, fearing the worst. We obviously will not go down this season but I'm certainly starting to question whether Curbs is the man who can take us up the required level. I was one of those who walked out of White Hart Lane with 20mins to go, extremely hurt and disappointed at what I had just witnessed. I don't mind losing, but I can't tolerate a lack of effort, especially in a derby. What will be the consequence of this result? If you believe reports in the papers then Curbs is under pressure behind the scenes. He seemed a forlorn figure on the touchline and I wonder if today's result will have any ramifications this week.


Article title: Will Alan Curbishley get West Ham out of their Premier League slump or is it a bridge to far?

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