Sunday, 25 September 2016

Curbs speaks about his 'sadness' for Charlton

Alan Curbishley has told the Football League Paper 'I feel so sad for what's going at Charlton. There are lots of people still there after my time at the club [after Katrien's purges?] It's ten years since I left and it's incredible how things have changed in that time.'

'Charlton had become an established Premier League team and were looking at who they could attract to kick on. Now they have experienced the pain of two relegations and, with everything else going on, they are danger of staying where they are for some time. The club have to get back in the Championship. It's no good for them in League One.'

'They have got to win the fans back if they are going to have any chance of being successful. Russell Slade was a good appointment. He has great experience at that level, but he needs support.'

Talking of his own future, Curbs fears that he has been out of the managerial game too long to return. 'I turned down Premier League clubs that were down in the relegation zone with 13 or 14 games to go and wanted saving. And I turned down teams in the top half of the Championship, hoping for a boost to reach the play offs. I was prepared to wait until something big, that I wanted to do, came up. Perhaps I waited too long.'

He still hopes for some kind of advisory role, similar to what he had for a short while at Fulham.

Curbs was promoting his book Game Changers which takes a wide-ranging look at the modern game.

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