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Curbishley knows what he's doing with West Ham pair Bellamy, Dyer

Former Sheffield United and Wimbledon manager Dave Bassett is sure Alan Curbishley knows what he is doing in signing Craig Bellamy and Kieron Dyer for West Ham United.

Bassett, who knows a thing or two about handling a lively dressing room from his time with Wimbledon's Crazy Gang, told the Daily Mail: "You would describe the moves as a calculated risk. But even if three out of four signings are successful he has still pulled it off. Where it would be a disaster is if all of them flop.

"Curbs has been around long enough. Perhaps the question mark is that in the past he's never been in the market to go and buy these type of players. He will realise that if he moves into the higher echelons of the so-called top players, you've got to be able to deal with it."

Bassett is sure Curbishley will have sought advice from others in the game before taking the plunge on the likes of Bellamy and Dyer.

He said: "Dyer has had his problems but he is at a good age. It might suit Dyer to be in London rather than in Newcastle. He will not be such a big cheese in London as he was on Tyneside.

"Bellamy is a talented boy. He is always going to have plenty to say but as long as Curbs lays down what he wants, he'll have no problems."

Bellamy admits he sees nothing wrong with giving his new team-mates a gee-up in his own inimitable style.

"Is that wrong?" he asked. "One of the best dressing rooms I have been in was at Celtic. There were fights and arguments every week. They won everything and got to the UEFA Cup Final.

"They were all close friends but demanded things from each other. Are you out of order if you demand too much from you fellow workmate? I don't know."

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