, Alan Curbishley open to becoming Fulham manager

Alan Curbishley open to becoming Fulham manager

Alan Curbishley has told the BBC that he would be open to the prospect of becoming the next Fulham manager. The ex-Charlton legend was an advisor to recently sacked Kit Symons at Craven Cottage.

58-year-old Curbishley, would took over training duties with the first-team yesterday, hasn’t had a management job since departing West Ham United back in 2008. Since leaving Upton Park, he originally joined Fulham as a technical director, but left once Felix Magath was appointed. He then returned to provide guidance to Symons, who himself was in his first management job.

Chief Football Officer Mike Rigg is leading the process to appoint a new boss, with the likes of Nigel Pearson, Uwe Rosler, Paul Lambert and earlier today, Oscar Garcia, being mentioned as potential successors to Symons. However Curbishley admits it is a good job for someone and gave a subtle hint that he’d like to be that man,

“It’s up to other people. They need to think about what kind of manager they want.

It is an attractive job and I’m sure there are going to be lots of people who will be applying.

I won two promotions (with Charlton) and been in the play-offs before.”

‘Curbs’ acknowledges that it is perhaps unlikely for the Whites to now contest for automatic promotion this season, but believes that a play-off finish is more than achievable with the current squad they have,

“With the top two at the moment on 30-odd points, it is a big haul to catch them.

Fulham have got a side which could, on its day, beat anyone 4-0. But they could get beat 4-0. Whoever comes in has got to try and change that a little bit.

You have got to get the results. That was why it was a galling situation at the weekend for Fulham, because if we had beaten Birmingham we would have gone two points behind them.”

The international break has come at a good time for Fulham to discuss the role with potential candidates and ultimately make an appointment. It is more than likely that a new man will be in place for the MK Dons match on Saturday-week, although the club haven’t put a timescale on the situation.

 

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