Date:Friday August 27 2010
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.
Date:Friday August 27 2010
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