Alan Curbishley left his role as manager of Charlton Athletic on this day, 14 years ago.
Curbishley enjoyed a fruitful spell at the helm at The Valley spending 15 years in charge of the south London club, before opting to leave back in 2006, deciding not to extend his contract.
Reflecting on this moment in Charlton’s history, former Addicks player Darren Bent has revealed that Charlton were ‘never the same’ after Curbishley left the club.
Was never the same after that
— Darren Bent (@DarrenBent) April 29, 2020
During his time in charge, Curbishley led Charlton to two promotions and helped cement the Addicks in the top-flight of English football, even finishing seventh in the 2003/04 Premier League season.
Throughout his time at the Addicks, the Essex-born manager was linked with several other top clubs including Liverpool and he was even touted for the England manager’s job at one stage, though remained loyal to Charlton.
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As Bent alluded to, things at Charlton have quite simply not been the same ever since Curbishley’s departure with the club free-falling down the English football pyramid, spending several spells in League One before more recently being promoted back to the Championship.
Things off the pitch at the Valley have not been healthy ever since them Charlton glory days in the early 2000’s also, with ownership struggles becoming a re-occurring theme.