Upson ignores off-field antics
Matthew Upson insists West Ham's squad are focused on facing Blackburn this weekend and not the off-the-field controversy.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 28/08/08 6:57pm
Matthew Upson insists West Ham's squad are focused on facing Blackburn this weekend - but they are desperate for any uncertainty behind the scenes at Upton Park to disappear.
Anton Ferdinand's departure to Sunderland raised questions following Alan Curbishley's insistence the defender was part of his plans the week before, then the Hammers boss was jeered by his own fans during the Carling Cup win over Macclesfield.
Curbishley has vowed to fight on and he also insists no more players will be sold before the transfer deadline - and Upson is determined for the club to be in the headlines for positive reasons.
"I think once things settle down behind the scenes and stabilises then I think the players will be pleased," said the defender.
"But we're here to do a job and all hat stuff is not really any of our business to be honest, it's happening at the club we play for but it's not a lot to do with us and we just have to focus on what we're doing."
Ferdinand was thought to have cost Sunderland around £8million, representing good value for the Hammers, who had recently offered him a fresh contract.
Technical director Gianluca Nani is still looking for players but Curbishley also has James Collins and James Tomkins returning from injury and may not sign a centre-back replacement for Ferdinand.
"It's business and I don't know where he was contractually and what the situation was," Upson added after Ferdinand's departure.
"There are a lot of other factors other than what he's doing on a football pitch and what the manager needs."
With West Ham appearing to change their transfer policy from the heavy spending of a year ago, Upson added: "It just shows that it's all very well having that money but if it is not invested wisely and you get the benefits of what you've done with that money then you can soon find yourself in trouble.
"His choice to sell Anton is a business decision and has nothing to do with playing matters really."
Curbishley has been a target of the Upton Park boo-boys before and they turned on him again after falling behind to League Two Macclesfield, before winning 4-1 after extra-time.
Upson added: "I wasn't surprised. I think the fans had every right to be a little bit impatient.
"They have every right to be frustrated and if they're angry at the manager then that's just something he needs to deal with."