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Alan Curbishley Linked... Please God No... Or Yes?

Oh no please...

James Nursey of The Mirror has backed up a number of texts that I (and others) got last night saying that Alan Curbishley has had talks with Villa.


Apparently CEO Paul Faulkner and Randy Lerner spent some time over the last week in London interviewing potential candidates. All well and good there, they are - in my opinion - doing things right in interviewing and consulting with people in the game etc to bring us the right man. The next manager has big boots to fill, especially in the eyes of the very loyal Martin O'Neill backers ... some fans really did rate this man as the best that Villa have ever had (and I'm not criticising or adding commentary here please note!) so the next manager has a great deal to live up to.

Surely Curbs isn't that man?

Remember Curbs (now 52) played for Villa in 83/84 but also criticised Villa in favour of the Blues. Now to me it doesn't really register as that was as a player and sometimes things are said off the cuff and not really that 'serious' however fans have long memories and already I've seen plenty in the forums about that!

Curbs has been out of work since departing from West Ham TWO YEARS ago. TWO YEARS out of work? Does that say something? He did save West Ham from relegation and only left when players were sold without his say so. As for Charlton, establishing them as PL regulars was nothing short of amazing really. That can't be dismissed out of hand can it?

He did however do a fantastic job at Charlton, look what happened to them once Curbishley left.

Forum thread: Forum thread: Click Here

The other problem with some of the names like Curbishley is the conspiracy theory as mentioned in our and I'm sure other forums is that ... why not get him in before (or other names out of work) ... the conspiracy says that they could have got them in straight away (or within a shorter time) in order to bring in players.

Now I don't back that theory, I think the board have done things the right way in taking their time to make such a massive decision and to possibly assess how Big Mac did. However that won't stop the theory being bandied about and perception is important for fans.

A big name like Ronald Koeman or whoever (I'm not great at who is available, who would be good, thank goodness it isn't my job!) would surely be a far better signal of intent?

James Nursey names Gianfranco Zola, Gerard Houllier, Sven Goran Eriksson and Gareth Southgate as others who would like the job and have Premier League experience.

OK, he's not done that well yet in management but I'd take Zola out of that lot!

Curbishley told a Mirrorfootball podcast earlier this summer 'Anyone would be interested and I am, for sure. They are a massive club. I know a lot about them having played there and I would love it.'

Full report by James: The Mirror

Vital user HH2 said via text to me: 'He did great with Charlton on a shoestring. Is this a sign of things to come? What about when he had money to spend at West Ham? Not so good was it? He wasted a lot on the likes of Ljunberg and Dyer.'

Adding... and I agree... 'Martin O'Neill leaving is a huge opportunity for this club to appoint a progressive technical boss who can really move us on. Curbs is not that man.'

Wiki on Curbs: Click Here

Gerrard Houllier seems to be failing his Vital Villa interview as well! Click Here

Therein lies the problem. We are NEVER all going to be satisfied. Whoever comes in will get our support though surely? Just not convinced that Curbs would be the man to unite the club, players and fans.

Not sure how this will go down but.... Alex McLeish? Very difficult move across the City however reports today in The Daily Mail say that the former Rangers boss has fallen out with the new board of Blues. He apparently wants a rise from 750k a year to 1m. He moved Blues up to 9th last season with a very small budget.

? I wonder!

So... article comments. Zola? AM I MAD?! Just such a MASSIVE figure in the game, such a star player... but a gamble fair enough!
Alex McLeish? yes or no?
And Curbs?

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Date:Thursday September 2 2010

Time: 8:55AM

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I wouldn`t say i wanted curbishley to become manager but i would give him a fair chance like anyone else who is appointed.
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02/09/2010 09:22:00

Zola is the best candidate of those mentioned above. He's still learning but would probably be a good long term prospect. Can't see him using the Villa as a stepping stone to something 'bigger'. Curbishley-with due respect-is a journeyman manager. Charlton are a genuingly 'small' club with a limited fanbase. That was Curbishley's level. WH were huge compared to them, and yet he was probably out of his depth, even there. KM hasn't done at all badly, and might make a good boss. However, the young talent coming through the ranks, might dry up if he isn't there to nurture it. That talent is the future of Villa. The club simply can't compete with the so-called 'big boys' in the transfer market. Still think the board made a mistake limiting the candidates to those with EPL experience.
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02/09/2010 10:04:00

^ I agree with VWRA. I don't think Kmac is made of the right stuff, but people like Paul Lambert or Slavan Billic have shown the potential to be top class
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02/09/2010 11:02:00

If the board do end up appointing one of the managers that have been available the whole time IE The out of work managers or Mac then why have they waited till now to do it?? MON quit on Aug 9th... If they wanted one of these then this appointment could have been made well before end of Aug and as you can guess what I am about to say, before the transfer window shut!
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02/09/2010 11:24:00

Why on earth are we talking to these people, I find it hard to believe that we cannot attract a higher calibre of manager. I know we'll all never agree to whom we want but it's ludicrous that we seem to be settling for what's left in the unemployed section! Why on earth do we not go for who we want rather than settling for second best, surely short term financial pain will be better longer term for having the manager in charge who can move us forward, this is turning into a joke
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02/09/2010 12:46:00

all the doom and gloom merchants need to wake up and smell the coffee, O`neill shafted us proper style. there is no one available of any great quality, I dont think that Kmac is tactically astute enough to step up to the job, so facing facts, its Curbishley or Sven, or the ginger jock. I would take Curbs, as P.AVFC points out his managerial career on reflection stands up to scrutiny quite well, it was`nt that long ago when he was linked with the national managers job, It`s nice to dream but there comes atime when you have to face the truth no matter how unpleasant.
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02/09/2010 13:17:00

Curbs might be a goer but how likely is it he'll do a runner MON style if he doesn't have his way? KMac is the only sure thing that we know. He deserves a shot.
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02/09/2010 13:22:00

ok ok... i'll give it a crack then. = )
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02/09/2010 13:47:00

Everybody it seems likes somebody. Unfortunately somebody could be anybody. Nobody is looking like the strong favourite. But everybody doesn't like nobody, so it looks as if somebody is the new favourite for the job that everybody wants but nobody will probably not get, but everybody might. If anybody gets the job though, nearly everybody will say that somebody should have got the job, not just anybody. Nobody somebody and everybody are probably all capable of the job that anybody is likely to get. For what it is worth, I don't wany anybody, and don't care what everybody else thinks. Nobody should be avoided at all costs and the Villa should employ somebody soon. I think if that happens we will all be happy.
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02/09/2010 13:58:00

I'd take everybody over a nobody because he is a somebody and everybody knows that.
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02/09/2010 14:35:00

I think a good option would be what you are saying, Going with KMac and see if there is anyone better available end of season or half way through, Unless of course he does a good job. I can see it now though, We are about 8th with KMac and they decide to look for a new manager before the jan trasnfer window opens and then they drag it on until it closes and decide to stick with KMac and no reinforcements, avoiding the transfer window again.
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02/09/2010 15:33:00

I agree with what he said^
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02/09/2010 16:05:00

southgate or curbishley and i will not be a happy man, in fact if southgate is appointed i foresee a lot of season tickets being thrown at a certain mr lerner. How do either of those signal intent.
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02/09/2010 16:35:00

I would still go for Kevin Mac...anyday.... He is a Villa man....knows the club and the players and he's been with us loyally for some 15 years. He's had a good think about things and has thrown his name in there for consideration.This at the back of a 6 nil mauling and an exit from Europe. I say he has the balls and he's prepared to put the last 15 years on the line for this job. Fair play..... Kevin Mac it is for me...from all those mentioned.
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02/09/2010 16:44:00

I think Sven may have a chance..... A relatively big name (following his England stint), known around the wrold, managed at the top (ish). Finished nineth in his only season with manc ****y. Downside is he spent a lot and most turned out to be flops. But he has a good base to work with at Villa. Can't necessarily see Hitzfield coming a small fry like us tbh.
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02/09/2010 16:48:00

Oh My God No Not Curbishley, Im in my 40s and remember him at Villa Park as a player, he was detested! His appointment could be a complete disaster up there with Billy McNeil (took 2 teams down in the same season, us and Man City), a couple of bad results and anyone old enough to member this ex blue nose as a player will be baying for his blood. Careful what you do with this one Mr Lerner, theres history involved, no clean sheet here.
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02/09/2010 18:46:00

Curbs all day long over Kmac if this is the only choice. Personally dont think Curbs is to bad as a manager if you actually take the time to look at his record. However would want Hughes or Moyes if we could grow a pair and approach either with an offer to good to refuse, dont know what the general is going on about in terms of loyalty. This is the army and its a dog eat dog world. In football money and ambition talk ! also think we have shot ouselves in the foot by stating we will only consider manager with prem league experiance. IMO Paul Lambert was certainly worth further consideration and mark my words will be in the top tier of management before to long. I like Kmac as a man but he hasnt got a clue at this level, if it wasnt for the ireland injury Everton would have trounced us and to lose 6-0 to a promoted side is one of my lowest points ever supporting villa, we were a shambles that day and kmac did nothing on the sidelines, all his tactical changes were wrong wrong wrong
Randy bollox
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02/09/2010 22:54:00

After watching madrid the weekend, they look tired, jaded the weight of expectation weighs above them and JM was going crackers on the touch line, the presidente was not impressed and it was only the first game of the season. i reckon six games in and jose will be gone or rather i hope he will...therefore give the job to mac for now and offer jose the chance to do a porto with us, he needs to get back to basics now and re-invent himself...we would be for curbs NO TA me old cock sparra
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02/09/2010 23:01:00

With all due respect to the guy, I really don't understand why people feel we need to placate KMac by giving him the job of as assistant or whatever. He was given an amazing opportunity to grab the bull by the horn and show what he can do, he hasn't taken it by any stretch of the imagination with 1 good performance in 5 games (including our worst league defeat since god knows when), lets just appoint a proper manager and move on...
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02/09/2010 23:54:00

Zola's a nice bloke and I think he's a good player coach. One day I reckon he'll make a good manager but our team never looked like it had a game plan when they stepped on the pitch. We honestly would have been better off playing him up front. With the backing to learn for a few seasons he might be successful at Villa but he'd be better off getting some experience in a lower division. I know Grant and the team have been much derided so far this season but in the Bolton and Man U games at least we can see what he's got the team trying to do. Once the selection is more settled the team will nick more points from difficult games than Zola's did.
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03/09/2010 04:58:00

totally agree bale no matter who it is, he has to be backed. There is no way we'll get an appointment as universally approved of as MON was in the early days (must have been 90-95% saying they were delighted with his arrival) and every manager being linked is lauded by some and slated by others. I don't think the names we are being linked with are half as bad as some are suggesting!
The Fear
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03/09/2010 10:46:00

truth sayer ffc
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03/09/2010 15:52:00


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