Mark Bright has suggested that Alan Curbishley was too loyal to his players after Charlton's first promotion to the Premiership, commenting that you can't buy team spirit but you can buy quality.
He notes: 'Not wanting to be biased but it was one of the greatest play-off finals ever played. The game finished 4-4 after extra-time and we went on to win on penalties, 7-6. Last weekend I was at Wembley Stadium to see Blackpool beat Cardiff 3-2 in a pulsating match that gifted the crowd five goals in the opening 45 minutes.
The similarities between the two matches brought the memories flooding back. Now Blackpool manager Ian Holloway must learn from previous bosses such as Alan Curbishley.
Curbs said everyone who had helped Charlton win promotion back in ’98, would get their chance to play in the Premier League the following season. Curbs was true to his word but his loyalty to the players came at a price – we got relegated in our first season.'