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Curbishley on his way back to management after settlement of West Ham case

Alan Curbishley has been tipped to make a swift return to football after he won his claim against West Ham for constructive dismissal, reports the League Managers Association. LMA chief executive Richard Bevan told Sky Sports News: "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.

"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."

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."

However, Bevan believes Curbishley's case illustrates no business is above the law.

He continued: "Whether you are a football club or any business I think it is important you have to abide by employment law.

"You need to implement good communication, you've got to make sure your business is following good leadership and I think you have to respect contracts and if you have clear roles, clear responsibilities, cases like this taking many months out of people's lives wouldn't happen."

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