During his time at Charlton, Alan Curbishley was regarded as one of the brightest English managers and was consistently linked with jobs such as the national side.
Where is he today though? Apart from two years at West Ham and the occasional television appearance it seems that ‘Curbs’ has vanished from the footballing world.
Curbishley started his managerial career in 1991 when he took over in joint charge of Charlton with Steve Gritt, before taking sole charge in 1995.
During his time at the club he achieved promotion on two occasions, the final time in 2000, after winning the league the club managed to cement themselves as a top flight club with the reputation of punching well above their weight.
For Charlton fans he provided many a moment that will reside in our memories for eternity, victories at Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea some of the many highlights.
During the 2003/4 season he almost master minded a European finish, at a club like Charlton it wouldn’t have been short of miraculous from the club he took over at. A traditional end of season slump and the sale of star-man Scott Parker saw the club finish in seventh, which today would have seen them slip into the Europa Cup.
In his time at Charlton he had one of the most stand out CV’s in the country. At a club like Charlton which never lived out of their operating means, which to some might be unadventurous he always managed to steer clear the South London club away from relegation battles.
After 16-years at Charlton in a coaching capacity, eleven of which he was in sole charge, he took the decision to leave the club in search of a more high profile post.
Off to West Ham he went and Charlton immediately found out how important he was to them, after a succession of managers and two relegations later, they found themselves in the third tier of football, a place they had not been for 29 years.
After leaving West Ham, Curbs was in no rush to get back into club management as he waited for the perfect position. Four years later he has yet to accept an offer from a club, are we ever going to see him back in the hot seat again?
Over the years there have been many managerial vacancies, most of which somewhere along the line Curbishley has been linked with but, one of the big obstacles that clubs have faced with landing Curbishley is the fact he is not prepared to move up north.
One fact that hasn’t worked in favour of the Charlton legend is the fact that he has been out of management for so long it proves to be the harder it is to get back into management.
One position it seemed that he was interested was Ipswich. A resident near the club Curbishley seemed to be interested in the position.
“I am available obviously and if they want to talk to me I will talk to them.” The 54-year-old said on the position.
Another position which Curbs looked likely to land was with the Wolves job after the sacking of Mick McCarthy in February, Curbishley was offered the position only on a three month contract, which he laughed them off with. Was a reason for the short term contract because of the time he has spent out of the game and they weren’t willing to put in a bigger amount of faith in his services.
As managerial vacancies continue to come and go and the longer time that Curbishley is out, will anyone ever take a punt on the man, who at one point was the favourite to take over the England job after the sacking of Sven-Goran Eriksson.