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Alan Curbishley

Managing: Charlton Athletic
Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 08/11/1957


Former West Ham and Birmingham midfielder Alan Curbishley had two spells at Charlton as a player after initially joining the club from Aston Villa in December 1984. He made 69 appearances, scoring six goals, during a spell when the Addicks reached the old First Division before Lennie Lawrence sold him to Brighton in the summer of 1987. He returned in 1990, accompanying his playing role with the position of reserve-team coach, stepping up to first-team coach when Mike Flanagan was sacked in October that year.

When Lawrence left abruptly for Middlesbrough the following summer, Curbishley was handed the manager's post in conjunction with Steve Gritt. The pair steered the Addicks close to the promotion play-offs, despite being forced to play at Upton Park, while the planned renovation of The Valley continued to drag on due to a crisis in funding.

The team also began the 1992/3 season brightly, but the duo were forced to sell Robert Lee to Newcastle to help balance the books and the side eventually finished in mid-table. Charlton had finally been able to return to their traditional home in December 1992 and continued to out-perform most pundits' expectations until a mediocre 1994/5 campaign and the appointment of Richard Murray as managing director led to the sacking of Gritt in June that year.

Curbishley has since been in sole charge and after suffering disappointment in the play-offs in 1996 he won promotion to the Premiership in 1998 after a thrilling Wembley final in which Charlton came from behind to eventually beat Sunderland on penalties.

A difficult initiation to the Premiership ended in relegation but Curbishley managed to keep all his key players at The Valley and steered The Addicks to the First Division title in style the following year. His second spell in the top flight has proved to be more successful as Curbishley has sought to consolidate the club's position. His achievements have not gone unnoticed by the FA and he was drafted in to help with the England national team set-up in 2000.

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