Fulham sign Curbishley
Alan Curbishley (Getty Images)
London - Former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley and American international midfielder Clint Dempsey signed on at Fulham on Tuesday with the Premier League club staring at relegation.
Curbishley, 56, was named first team technical director to work alongside head coach Rene Meulensteen while former star Dempsey, who plays for Seattle Sounders in the MLS, penned a two-month loan deal.
"I'm very happy that Alan has joined us as I know his expertise will be invaluable as we enter the remaining months of the season," said Meulensteen, who took over from Martin Jol three weeks ago but is in charge of a side which is second from bottom of the Premier League.
"Following Martin Jol's departure I discussed with both (chief executive) Alistair Mackintosh and the chairman the challenges we face, and I was delighted that they supported the idea of additional support within the coaching team.
"Alan has a proven track record in the industry and understands full well what it takes to succeed. I look forward to sharing ideas and listening to advice, to ensure Fulham Football Club remains where it belongs: in the Premier League."
Curbishley played for West Ham, Birmingham, Aston Villa, Charlton and Brighton before turning his hand to management with Charlton and West Ham whom he left in 2008.
Earlier Tuesday, Dempsey, 30, agreed to return to Fulham where he spent five and a half seasons in his first spell after having signed in January 2007 from New England Revolution.
During his first stay at Craven Cottage, Dempsey scored 60 goals in 225 appearances.
Dempsey scored the only goal of the match against Liverpool at Craven Cottage in May 2007, which secured Premier League football the following season.
"It feels good to be back. This has always felt like my home in Europe," said the American.
"I am excited to be back and be a part of this team and play in this league."
Dempsey said he also hopes that a spell in England will help sharpen his form ahead of the World Cup.
"I just wanted to be back playing at the highest level, get back to top form and get back to helping the team where they are not where they want to be in the table," he added.
"Going into World Cup year you want to get to that top form and carry that forward, so hopefully have a good showing."