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Man City, under new ownership, signed Robinho on Monday night and Mark Hughes side look a tasty bet (BP 10-3) to win the Premiership without the big four.

Alan Curbishley has resigned as manager of West Ham United.

Curbishley tendered his resignation on Wednesday and it was accepted by West Ham owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson.

A statement on the club’s website read: “We can confirm we have accepted Alan’s resignation as it is in the best interests of both parties.”

The statement added: “We wish Alan all the success in the future. A shortlist of candidates is being drawn up and an announcement will be made in due course about the new manager.”

Curbishley took over at Upton Park in December 2006, and recorded 28 victories in his 71 matches in charge.

However, in recent months his position has come under scrutiny with the fans barracking him in the opening games of the season, and reports that the club’s board were sanctioning player sales without consulting Curbishley.

The Hammers tried to justify the sales, stating that they were “right for the club” and “based on our best long-term interests”.

The statement added: “In the past week, agreement could not be reached with Ferdinand on a new contract to replace his original deal that had just two years left to run, while McCartney handed in a formal written transfer request after failing to resolve his personal reasons for wanting a move away.”

His final game in charge saw the club claim a 4-1 triumph over Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

Curbishley has cited a ‘breach of trust and confidence’ for his resignation

In a statement released via the League Managers’ Association he said: “I started my West Ham United career when I left school in 1974 and have remained a lifelong fan.

“I have been incredibly proud to manage such a great club and my decision to resign has been very tough.

“The selection of players is critical to the job of the manager and I had an agreement with the club that I alone would determine the composition of the squad.

“However, the club continued to make significant player decisions without involving me. In the end such a breach of trust and confidence meant that I had no option but to leave.

“Nevertheless, I wish the club and the players every success in the future.”

Man City, under new ownership, signed Robinho on Monday night and Mark Hughes side look a tasty bet (BP 10-3) to win the Premiership without the big four.

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