Stephen Howard has written, on the face of it, a very worrying article in THE SUN this morning (can’t find a link on their website sadly). It’s all about the mess Alan Curbishley left behind at Charlton. When he left at the end of last season Charlton had only won four in eighteen games and only scored thirteen goals. Three of Charlton’s four strikers (Bartlett, Jeffers and Johansson) were out of contract and each of the first choice midfielders were over thirty years old. Howard says his youth policy had failed to produce a first team player since Scott Parker, Paul Konchesky and Joe Fortune. He then says that of the six players Curbishley ‘named and shamed’ last week three of them were players he knows well from Charlton (Spector, Bowyer and Cole).
If you read it like that, you have to wonder why we appointed him, but I think Stephen Howard ignores his achievements over fifteen years at Charlton. It’s true that Curbishley’s last season at Charlton was not one where they covered themselves in glory, but we all get jaded after too long in a job.