Curbs not expecting Fulham call


Former West Ham United and Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley expects to be overlooked for the vacant managerial position at Fulham.

Curbishley applied for the job after Roy Hodgson departed for Liverpool, but it appears Mark Hughes and Sven-Goran Eriksson could be the frontrunners for the role.

The 52-year-old left the Hammers in September 2008 after the club's Icelandic owners forced through the sales of Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney to Sunderland against his wishes.

He was awarded a compensation package for constructive dismissal, but he is unsure when he will make a return to the game.

Speaking to London Evening Standard, he said:"I was told I was on the (Fulham) shortlist but that there were a couple of people ahead of me, so I knew that was going nowhere.

"I have got to wait and see if the phone rings. If you look at my career, my average position in the Premier League is 10th, so that is where I need to be looking.

"No offence to anyone else, but the Premier League is where everyone wants to be. I will maybe have to reposition myself. Who knows? Start over again, if I have to.

"It (West Ham) has damaged me a bit, because I have been out for a while, and it is hard to come back if you are away for too long."

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