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Alan Curbishley reflects on Charlton Athletic’s fall from grace

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Ownership problems and a lack of smart recruitment means we are fast approaching 15 years since Charlton Athletic were relegated from the Premier League.

Alan Curbishley, the club’s manager for seven of their eight seasons in the Premier League, has recently had a stand at The Valley named after him and joins Scott Minto on CharltonTV to cover every match for supporters all over the world.

The 63-year-old looked back on what has been a difficult period for the club to watch on from the outside when he spoke to The Athletic.

He said: “When I was there and what we did to get the club where it was, it was a massive combined effort from everybody. The fans ended up forming a political party that helped persuade the council to get back to The Valley. We were all fighting for one thing. And then to watch it sort of disappear…”

The short term future of the club was even in doubt in the summer of 2020 before Thomas Sandgaard’s takeover that, despite some disappointing results on the pitch, has Charlton in a much more stable position and crucially on an upward trajectory looking at the longer term.

Johnnie Jackson has provided hope that the club can return to former glory in just a three game caretaker spell with a togetherness restored in SE7.

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It is quite tough to read in the piece the moral battle and overwhelming disappointment felt by Curbishley as the club unraveled the way it did in the years following his departure. Just two years after falling out of the top-flight in 2006/07 the Addicks found themselves in the third tier for the first time since the early 1980s and it is where they have yo-yoed with the second tier in the last decade.

Since Curbishley only managers who had previously played for the club have succeeded. Chris Powell, Lee Bowyer and now the stage is set for Johnnie Jackson who is be trusted with an extended caretaker spell in charge to prove his credentials to earn the role on a permanent basis.


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