19 Facts About Alan Curbishley


Llewellyn Charles "Alan" Curbishley was born on 8 November 1957 and is an English former football player and manager.

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Alan Curbishley is the younger brother of the rock band manager Bill Curbishley, who since the mid 1970s has been manager of The Who.

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Alan Curbishley has managed Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin since the 1990s.

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Alan Curbishley began his football playing career with West Ham United, joining them as an apprentice on leaving school in the summer of 1974.

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Alan Curbishley appeared in both legs of the West Ham's European Cup Winners' Cup 3rd round tie against Den Haag in March 1976, aged 18, although he did not play in the semi-final games against Eintracht Frankfurt nor in the final against Anderlecht.

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Alan Curbishley joined local rivals Aston Villa in 1983 but a change of managers saw him transferred again to Charlton Athletic in the following year.

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Alan Curbishley helped them win promotion to the Second Division as Third Division runners-up in his first season.

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Alan Curbishley was capped at schoolboy level for England and was a regular in the England youth team.

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Alan Curbishley was selected for the England B squad in 1981, but a fractured kneecap ended his involvement with England.

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When Lennie Lawrence left in July 1991, Alan Curbishley became joint manager of the club with Steve Gritt, taking sole command from June 1995 and masterminding the revival of the club's fortunes with two promotions and consolidation into the Premier League.

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Charlton then won three in a row against Wimbledon, Liverpool and Derby, and Alan Curbishley was again Manager of the Month, but the damage was already done.

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Ably assisted by Keith Peacock and Mervyn Day, Alan Curbishley built a sound squad capable of holding its own in the elite league with a good balance of experience and youth, with Chris Bart-Williams, Chris Powell and Graham Stuart alongside up and coming youngsters Scott Parker and Luke Young.

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Alan Curbishley continued to mastermind their consolidation over the next two seasons with 11th- and 13th-place finishes.

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Alan Curbishley received a standing ovation from the Charlton supporters in his final home match in charge against Blackburn Rovers.

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Alan Curbishley continues to be regarded as one of Charlton's greatest ever players and managers.

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On 3 November 2009, Alan Curbishley won his case for constructive dismissal against West Ham United.

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On 24 December 2013, Alan Curbishley was appointed technical director at Premier League side Fulham.

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In February 2014 following the appointment of a new manager at Fulham, Felix Magath, Alan Curbishley was dismissed after less than two months in the role.

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On 9 November 2015, Alan Curbishley took charge of Fulham's first-team training following the dismissal of Symons.

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