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Bevan keen to see Curbishley return

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Alan Curbishley has been tipped to make a swift return to football after he won his claim against West Ham for constructive dismissal.

The Hammers now face the prospect of a seven-figure compensation pay-out after a Premier League managers' arbitration tribunal upheld Curbishley's claim. The claim came after he resigned at the start of last season following the sale of Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney to Sunderland against his wishes.

"I would imagine Alan's experience as a manager and his many years in the game means it will not be long before he is back in work," League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan told Sky Sports News

"I'm sure without doubt he will be back in work in the not too distant future.

"I'm sure everyone in the game would love to see it."

The tribunal will now assess the level of compensation West Ham must pay - a similar case brought by Kevin Keegan against Newcastle for constructive dismissal saw the Magpies ordered to pay £2million in damages plus £1.5million in legal costs.

Curbishley has not worked since his Upton Park exit and Bevan hopes to avoid such drawn-out processes in the future.

"Taking 14, 15 months out of Alan's life is very hard for him and his family, as it was for Kevin Keegan and others," Bevan added.

"It's certainly one of our goals moving forward to try to reduce the time ... of any arbitration, mediation or any legal process to try to sort the termination following a manager or coach leaving a club."

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Sunderland
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Anton Ferdinand
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