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New Manager - Why not Alan Curbishley?

BeardMasterFlex asks... New Manager - Why not Alan Curbishley?

I know everyone will probably think I'm mad for suggesting this but given the lack of real quality managers available I am sticking my neck out and saying Alan Curbishley should be given serious thought for the job.

'Why man? Are you Insane!!??!!' I hear you all cry, but wait, first hear my logic.

As we start to see the last 4 years of MON's hard work unraveling by the day its obvious we need someone who can bring stability to the club. Not only that, the manager that does come in has to be able to work to the following criteria that I'm sure Randy is looking at;

* Being able to work to bring the wage bill into line
* Help nurture young talent through to the first team
* Be a reasonably attractive proposition for potential signings
* Stabilise and continue the progression of the club as a top 6 team pushing for Europe and honours

Sure the name Curbishley doesn't exactly get me jumping around in excitement and I'm all too aware he's not won anything at the clubs he has managed, however if you look at his records they really aren't too shabby. If you think about when he went to West Ham, there were problems right down from the top, worse than what we have for sure and it took him a bit of time to really turn things around.

However he pulled off the great escape with them in his first season, beating Man U and Arsenal along the way to keeping the team in the division. He was also able to attract the likes of Bellamy, Parker and Kieron Dyer (who was a relatively big name at the time) to the club. He also managed to get them a top 10 finish in his 1st full season and only walked later on when he felt he had lost his input into transfer dealings. With Charlton he made what was one of the smaller London Clubs into top 10 regulars, working on modest budgets and giving the club its best years it has had.

While its fair to say he never really won anything with them and never pushed the upper echelons of the league, realistically with the squad he had, that was never going to happen. He also brought through the likes of Parker, and made good signings in Luke Young and was willing to take the punt on Darren Bent when he was at Ipswich. If we're talking about someone with the ability to bring stability to a club, look at where they are now!

This may all be common knowledge, but all those positives considered, I really don't think he'd be the worst. I have read the rumours about Hitzfield and I believe he would be a good choice, as would Jol.
However it may all be just rumours, and given the lack of options and the problems caused by not having a manager in place, you'd have to say Curbishley would be the lesser of the other evils readily available.

I might be wrong, but I'd like to hear other better options, I know Curbishley isn't god and has his failings like all managers, but I fail to understand why people are so opposed to having him appointed, after all he was a Villa player and has a point to prove after being out of management for so long, so I'm sure he'd make a decent impact. That's my waffling done with, whatever happens I really hope the situation is bloody well sorted soon. Oh and it'd be great if we offloaded Heskey and signed someone who has the ability to score more often than once every 20 games.

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Date:Friday August 27 2010

Time: 8:18AM

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when I saw the title I thought you were mad. You actually make a decent case though. But he did slag off the Villa once so....! lol
The Fear
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27/08/2010 08:23:00

He's a bluenose.....far far better and available managers than him. Are we really considering medicore lower league table managers...?
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27/08/2010 08:34:00

No. Next?
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27/08/2010 08:40:00

Hate to say it, but it seems Sven may be the best we can go for, not cheap but if we're prepared to pay compensation to a club for their manager, why don't we just pump that money into Sven and a player or two. Players need to be shipped out and in quickly.....Let's hope Randy has more up his sleeve apart from his arms....
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27/08/2010 08:48:00

Anybody who's ever bought Kieron Dyer is an automatic no. Hitzfelt, Lambert, Jol or Pellegrini for me.
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27/08/2010 09:39:00

Well whichever way we go, K-mac is no way a manager. Good coach yes but far to pally pally with the players who think they can just stroll through games. I dont care what the general has said on another thread, MONEY TALKS! , my personal choices are Mark Hughes and Sam Allardyce both disciplinarians and certainly with Sam able to spot a bargain player from overseas. I was neither against Mon or for Mon, but in fairness to him he took 4 years to bulid our club to where it was and its took 4 weeks to make us the laughing stock in the league. That takes some doing ! I hated that Mon never ever bought anything but english therefore paying inflated prices but i dont conform to the spin doctors working for Randy last year we made money in our cup runs and league placing. We have sold Milner , Mr Lerner needs to open his wallet and stop destroying the work of the last 4 years. Lets not look at cheap option managers
Randy bollox
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27/08/2010 09:57:00

holte ender 1969, you are absolutely right. Can anybody else explain why Ashley Young has been playing in a central role. He is not a striker and never will be and he is certainly not a central midfield player, he is a wide man (and one of the best at it). Can't understand why we persist with this whim when you have the Fonz on the bench, surely you should play to your strengths. in terms of players, dedicated fullbacks playing on the correct side would help and I think that both Heskey and Carew have had their day. Trouble is, there are not many 20 goal a season centre forwards out there. One thing is absolutely clear, KM is not up to the job tactically and whoever comes in will only have 48 hours to do something in the transfer market so in reality nothing will happen until the transfer window in Jan.
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27/08/2010 10:06:00

if we get curbs then i will set myself on fire as he is too much like o'neil a T**T there is a link suggesting that villa are going for Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld but wouldnt read too much into this last week we were havin Sony Ericsson
Ted 369
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27/08/2010 10:59:00

This is getting desperate, a resounding no when I read the title of this article and still a resounding NO after reading it. I would prefer Sven to Curbs. What about Bilic has he ruled himself out? I think the Ncastle game and last night might be blessings in disguise. At least they have acted as a catalyst to expose Kev Mac and highlight the urgency needed to bring in a replacement. I had nightmares of a dream start then half way thru the season it all going wrong. Now is the time for it to go wrong , while we still have some time to do something. So as Petrov said....lets do something! Randy has the best part of 18m in his pocket, go get a high quality manager and get YOUR club (its his club technically not ours) back on track!! P.S. Heskey MUST GO, I'd say the same about CD if we hadnt paid so much for him.
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27/08/2010 11:00:00

I completlely lost the fact of the article there then sorry.....No to curbishley!
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27/08/2010 11:03:00

Also wheres my refund!
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27/08/2010 11:04:00

Would rather have Curbishley than Holloway, and what's the fascination some folks seem to have with Lambert? I'd happilly take a punt on Grayson, would welcome back he who walks on water and would love Jol or Hiddinck. All that said my money's on Bradley (yikes). Whoever we get lets hope he brings his lucky mascot because last night we had the kind of luck relegation teams suffer, we could of played all night with Fergie, Wenger or Mourinho in charge last night and we'd still have lost.
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27/08/2010 11:08:00

Ok, let me clear that up, I know what a press conference is, but what do you mean "INTERESTING PRESS CONFERENCE COMING UP!!"
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27/08/2010 11:22:00

Anyone else hear him on Radio WM afterwards?? Sure he was at another game. Then, when asked how he will lift the players he said, well they are professionals and can't take care of themselves!!! Absolutely no leadership from him or Petrov...
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27/08/2010 12:06:00

SSN have just said there is some news Regarding Ash Young with Spurs set to renew their interest!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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27/08/2010 12:20:00

Madness. I'd prefer Sven and that's pretty bonkers in itself.
Bobby Norman
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27/08/2010 12:24:00

i can see young leaving the villa and i feel sorry for ireland who was forced out of city for this we need to sort somink out big time or we will be fighting relegation this year
Ted 369
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27/08/2010 13:23:00

Holloway's would not leave Blackpool for Villa - fact. If he did he would be brilliant. But he won't - unfortunately. He is a wizard and a vastly underrated motivational and tactical genius!
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27/08/2010 20:02:00

Thanks KMac, tried hard and did your best, just not good enough and should stay at the club and be rewarded. However, we need a new manager. At first I said optimistically (very); Billic, Hiddink and realistically Bradley and others. Now, where we are, no European games, (not necessarily bad but will not help persuade high standard of managers) we need a motivator and someone who will work to a budget. We need a Holloway, Rednapp, Moyes?, Alladyce, ah yes, Sam Allardyce. He motivates players, gets good players (for price etc), would be a step up to Villa, no real loyalty to Blackburn like the likes of Holloway and Moyes to their clubs. However he isn't quite the clean image Lerner would like, but then again 'Beggers can't be choosers'. He's the man for me, ticks the boxes in my opinion, would be interested by others responses.
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