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RAPIDHAMMER: Das sagte Curbs... - und Faubert ist ein "Happy Hammer"

Friday, 8 February 2008

Das sagte Curbs... - und Faubert ist ein "Happy Hammer"

Zu der jüngst in einem Interview wiedergegebenen Kritik von Julien Faubert, der taktische Mängel beim West Ham-Training unter Alan Curbishley geortet und sich "Mister" Trapattoni als Trainer gewünscht hatte, hat sich der Angesprochene nun geäußert: Curbishley meinte, man dürfe solche Aussagen in Interviews nicht auf die Goldwaage legen. (Siehe Interview mit Alan Curbishley unten!)

Julien Faubert, der 24-jährige französiche Mittelfeldspieler, der nach seinem Achillessehnenriss vom Sommer eine Wadenzerrung hatte und erst auf dem Weg zurück zu alter Schnellig- und Gefährlichkeit ist (schließlich nannte man ihn in Frankreich den "TGV") durfte auf der offiziellen Homepage von West Ham erklären, wie zufrieden er beim Klub sei: Er habe bisher jede Minute am Boleyn Ground genossen, sei von den Mitspielern sehr gut aufgenommen worden und finde, dass es sehr professionell beim Klub zugehe, sagte Faubert.

Und das meinte Manager Alan Curbishley:
West Ham manager Alan Curbishley has flexed his muscles in the wake of recent criticism and declared: "I am not here to keep people happy, I am here to get results."
Curbishley's training methods have been questioned by French midfielder Julien Faubert, who has been quoted as saying there is a lack of attention to tactical detail.
And Faubert's comments come just a week after Dean Ashton reportedly blamed Curbishley for his omission from Fabio Capello's first England squad.
Ashton has started only four of West Ham's last eight games, with Curbishley often preferring to use Carlton Cole as a lone striker.
Now Craig Bellamy is back in contention for Saturday's game against Birmingham, Curbishley must decide how best to balance his strike-force.
But he said: "It is a team effort, not for individuals. It is about the make-up of the side and I have changed formations during games. My only aim is to get a result. I am not here to keep people happy.
"Carlton Cole and Dean Ashton have got to work at their partnership a bit more because as a pair they can be very similar.
"I think Craig Bellamy offers us something different. He is one player who looks to get in behind defences."
Faubert has been quoted as telling a French radio station that there were "gaps in our tactics and on the defending and positional aspects".
Faubert said: "We rarely speak tactics at training, and since I've been here we have done just two tactical training sessions.
"Instead we just do games, try to play in little spaces with everybody in the front. The mentality here is different.
"Players kick you, then you kick them, but nobody complains, it's just part of the game."
Faubert has only made three appearances for West Ham this season and is yet to complete a full 90 minutes after being struck down first in pre-season by a ruptured Achilles, which ruled him out for six months, and latterly a calf strain.
And despite Faubert's concerns, West Ham sit comfortably in the top half of the table with the fifth-best defensive record in the Premier League and well placed to push for European qualification.
Curbishley has not spoken with Faubert about the interview but has taken the quotes with a "pinch of salt".
The Hammers boss said: "He has hardly been around us. He has only been in three squads. That was against Fulham, Manchester City in the FA Cup game where he came on for 20 minutes and in the Manchester City league game.
"We haven't seen him since then because he picked up a calf strain.
"In five or six months he has probably trained with the first team, in terms of being near the first team, on two or three days.
"And he doesn't mind kicking one or two people either. He is very aggressive with things!"

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