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Curbishley To Villa (updated)

Alan Curbishley has confirmed that he is leaving Charlton at the end of the season.

Chairman Richard Murray announced on the pitch at The Valley before the game v Blackburn:

'We sat down yesterday to have a chat and we both decided it was best if Alan left at the end of the season.'

Curbishley is still being linked to the England job but others have linked him several times to the soon-to-be-vacant (?) job at Aston Villa.

O'Leary is under immense pressure and the best he has been able to achieve despite improving the squad this season will be 16th and if we lose/draw v Sunderland and Pompey win, we could finish 17th. Fans have turned on the manager as he has had a few public rows with the fanbase and following a survey of season ticket holders, 2 in 3 have said they won't renew if the manager stays.

The press are bound to start linking Curbishley with vacant positions and there will be a Premiership void to fill you would assume when the FA finally get their act together and appoint an England boss (unless they go for O'Neill). There is also the job at Newcastle but whispered links to Villa have rumbled on for a good few weeks now.

My prayer is the rumour that Martin O'Neil wants a return to football and wants a Midlands based team are more than pure fantasy - that said, we've a) got to get rid of David O'Leary first b) remember that whilst Ellis remains in charge, we'll do very little anyway!

What was this article about again? Oh yes, Alan Curbishley to Villa.... you heard it here first, unless you heard it elsewhere, then you heard it here second!

Wonder if Charlton would like a certain Mr David O'Leary, I hear he might be available soon? ;-)

UPDATE:

Alan Curbishley has been interviewed by Sky Sports and said he would be taking a break and didn't see himself at the helm of a new club in time for the new season.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 29 2006

Time: 6:05PM

Your Comments

why move from one mediocre side to another ?
Mexbro miller
why move from one mediocre side to another ?
Mexbro miller
He would at least be able to wheel and deal I'd have thought?
The Fear
He would at least be able to wheel and deal I'd have thought?
The Fear
"why move from one mediocre side to another ?" says a Miller fan. ;-)) Despite the problems at Villa, it is still a massive job with a massive potential. It will however remain mediocre whilst Ellis decrees it so.
The Fear
"why move from one mediocre side to another ?" says a Miller fan. ;-)) Despite the problems at Villa, it is still a massive job with a massive potential. It will however remain mediocre whilst Ellis decrees it so.
The Fear
Hope he doesn't come to VP. It would just highlight our lack of ambition. We did passion and flair. We need a manager who will ignite the passion again at VP. Sorry but Curbs just ain't the fix we need.
still skeggy
Hope he doesn't come to VP. It would just highlight our lack of ambition. We did passion and flair. We need a manager who will ignite the passion again at VP. Sorry but Curbs just ain't the fix we need.
still skeggy
The Charlton fans have a great affinity with Curbs built up over 15 years. There haves been various periods of disgruntlement in the last 4 or 5 years, but the board have remained very supportive, year in year out. With OUR track record (Me definitely included) of moaning and demanding some signs of success, I do not think Curbs would a) wish to come b) be the right man. And finally if it is support from the board he needs to get on and do a decent job, there are numerous other clubs he would prefer to manage imho.
fatloser
The Charlton fans have a great affinity with Curbs built up over 15 years. There haves been various periods of disgruntlement in the last 4 or 5 years, but the board have remained very supportive, year in year out. With OUR track record (Me definitely included) of moaning and demanding some signs of success, I do not think Curbs would a) wish to come b) be the right man. And finally if it is support from the board he needs to get on and do a decent job, there are numerous other clubs he would prefer to manage imho.
fatloser
Curbishley to Newcastle, Peter Taylor to Charlton, O'Leary to Boro, Souness to Villa...
NeilBaker
Curbishley to Newcastle, Peter Taylor to Charlton, O'Leary to Boro, Souness to Villa...
NeilBaker
I really hope that you are wrong, I think I'd rather keep O'Leary than Souness, better the devil you knnow and all that. (what am I saying, I don't want either one of them, lets take someone from the Conferance rather than either of those two)
Villain Of The North
I really hope that you are wrong, I think I'd rather keep O'Leary than Souness, better the devil you knnow and all that. (what am I saying, I don't want either one of them, lets take someone from the Conferance rather than either of those two)
Villain Of The North
The last person we need as a replacement for O'Leary is Curbishley. No one of any distinction will want to move here and work under Ellis. Get the old boy out first, he's the number one problem.
glensider
The last person we need as a replacement for O'Leary is Curbishley. No one of any distinction will want to move here and work under Ellis. Get the old boy out first, he's the number one problem.
glensider
What difference would Curbishly make at Villa, in 15years at Charlton he hasn't really had any sucess
Bobbymsb
What difference would Curbishly make at Villa, in 15years at Charlton he hasn't really had any sucess
Bobbymsb
And i would hate to have Souness
Bobbymsb
And i would hate to have Souness
Bobbymsb
Agree bobby, i think the days of a hard manager like souness are over. Players with over inflated ego's and millions of pounds in their pockets do not respond to being spoken down to.
FEn_100
Agree bobby, i think the days of a hard manager like souness are over. Players with over inflated ego's and millions of pounds in their pockets do not respond to being spoken down to.
FEn_100
If Ellis remains, and if he decides that David's time is up, then no doubt we'll set our sights on a manager currently unemployed. Cant see Ellis wanting to pay compensation to David O'Leary and his staff, and then to another club for poaching a manager currently under contract elsewhere. Not that I think, I hasten to add, that any manager would view a move to VP a step up from his current position, unless of course he's from outside of the premiership. O'Neill and Curbishley obviously fall into the unemployed category, but realistically O'Neill isnt going to give us a second glance, while Curbishley just isnt to my liking (not that that matters of course). No, we'll probably end up with Peter Reid or Souey. Thats about our level right now.
glensider
If Ellis remains, and if he decides that David's time is up, then no doubt we'll set our sights on a manager currently unemployed. Cant see Ellis wanting to pay compensation to David O'Leary and his staff, and then to another club for poaching a manager currently under contract elsewhere. Not that I think, I hasten to add, that any manager would view a move to VP a step up from his current position, unless of course he's from outside of the premiership. O'Neill and Curbishley obviously fall into the unemployed category, but realistically O'Neill isnt going to give us a second glance, while Curbishley just isnt to my liking (not that that matters of course). No, we'll probably end up with Peter Reid or Souey. Thats about our level right now.
glensider
All these comments illustrate exactly why it doesn't matter what manager we have. People saying Curbishley won't bring flair or success? NOBODY will bring flair or success while Ellis is in the chair. Curbishley lasted 15 years at Charlton producing mid table football (at best) at a club geared, and financed, to achieve exactly that aim. At Villa, he would be taking on a club financed for a similar aim, but with fan's expectation far exceeding what is possible. He wouldn't last 3 years here.
GaztonVilla
All these comments illustrate exactly why it doesn't matter what manager we have. People saying Curbishley won't bring flair or success? NOBODY will bring flair or success while Ellis is in the chair. Curbishley lasted 15 years at Charlton producing mid table football (at best) at a club geared, and financed, to achieve exactly that aim. At Villa, he would be taking on a club financed for a similar aim, but with fan's expectation far exceeding what is possible. He wouldn't last 3 years here.
GaztonVilla
If we can't have O'Neill, i'd like to have Curbs.
Tierney
If we can't have O'Neill, i'd like to have Curbs.
Tierney
 

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