Curbs in a tiz, or perhaps he got lost?
By Uncle Dave
Sunday 04 May 2008 22:56:00
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What on earth has been going on with Alan Curbishley and his bizarre comments to the press?

Surely the man who has been managing at the sharp end of football for as long as he has would recognise the need for a bit of diplomacy after being accused of wanting Manchester United to win before the two teams faced up?

But no, the tenth-place lover (as in he loves tenth place, not that he’s ranked tenth in my list of all-time lovers or anything) said Manchester United deserved to win it, and he would ‘raise a glass’ should they triumph.

Then West Ham go out and play some of the most insipid football all year long, and Curbishley won’t even talk to the press afterwards!

Instead, former ‘keeper Mervyn Day wanders out to deliver a frankly pointless and long-winded rebuttal of the facts.

"Alan asked me to do it for him and I'm quite happy to do that," Day said after being quizzed on whether his boss had ‘bottled it’.

"You'd have to ask him that as and when you see him. I can't comment on that.’

Quite cryptic, non?

"That's basically for you to interpret who you want. He's asked me to come and do the press conference for him, which I have done for him in the past, and that's as far as I know."

Ah, the old ‘talk long enough and say enough things that sound like they are relevant and important without actually saying anything trick. Oldest in the book.

"If I can paraphrase him he felt that Man United felt that they would have been unlucky if they didn't win the league, given the fact they have been so far in front and so dominant at a certain period in time," he explained in a way that again had less point than if he had just come out and hopped on the spot for an hour while singing the French national anthem.

"I didn't think he actually said or was quoted as saying he wanted them to win."

"I think it's not raising a glass to United. I think the whole essence of that piece was about Alex Ferguson and what a good and competent job he's done over a long, long period of time.

"If I'm going to interpret it, which is my interpretation and not Alan's, then that's how I'd interpret it.

"He thinks an awful lot of Sir Alex but we're all professional and that goes out the window as soon as you cross the white line."

Curbishley might be upset with the way his comments were perceived, but to not come out and talk to the press either says he was ashamed of what he said, or there was a conspiracy and he KNEW it!!!


OK, maybe there wasn’t a conspiracy. Man United have just been too good at Old Trafford, and this was just another good day at the office. But still, it’s nice to dream…eh Avram?

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