Alan Curbishley has been appointed the new manager of West Ham.
The club’s chairman, Eggert Magnusson, wasted no time in approaching the former Charlton manager after sacking Alan Pardew on Monday.
“I am absolutely delighted that Alan has agreed to join us,” said Magnusson. “He’s a manager with a proven track record and a real love for the club.”
“He did a fantastic job at Charlton and I know how highly regarded he is throughout the football world.”
Curbishley and his assistant Mervyn Day, both former West Ham players, will be in charge for Sunday’s Premiership encounter against Manchester United.
“If you’d said to me when I was at West Ham at the age of 16 that one day I’d be manager I would have thought it impossible,” said Curbishley, who played for West Ham between 1975 and 1979.
“I’m deeply delighted. It’s a privilege to be here and I’m looking forward to lifting us out of the position we’re in at the moment.”
“I feel disappointed for Alan Pardew, he is someone I know very well. But this is the world we live in at the moment.”
The new manager expects to have funds available for new players in the January transfer window, but Curbishley said he would first concenttrate on lifting the mood in the camp.
“If I think we need to spend, we’ll do it, but first I’ve got to meet the players,” he said.
“Everyone needs a lift. The players who enjoyed such a good season last year, it’s the same bunch and they are better than what they are producing.
“This club has the opportunity to be in the top half of table.”
Curbishley left Charlton in May after 15 years in charge.