Curbs in relaxed mood at The Valley
Former Charlton manager Alan Curbishley was the favourite to replace Owen Coyle at Bolton, but turned down the offer. If he had accepted, we would have seen him return to The Valley as the manager of an opposing team which I would have found a bit odd.
Curbs has not worked in management since resigning as West Ham manager four years ago, but those in charge at Bolton thought he was the ideal person to get them back to the top flight having got the Addicks promoted twice. However, apparently he was worried about the fact that money is tight at the Reebok, although he got Charlton promoted the first time on very little.
Curbs has been working as a television pundit since he left the Irons. The word was that he had good investment advice while he was at Charlton, did not splash the cash excessively and had quite a lot of money squirrelled away. Therefore, I do not think that he has been short of money to pay the bills.
It has also been said for some time that he would not go north of the M25 to manage a club. He seems to have relaxed that requirement a bit for Aston Villa, a club where he had played. Reliable sources said that he did express an interest when the job there became vacant. But Bolton is really 'oop North and his wife was reportedly never keen on a move to northern parts.
I wonder now if he will ever return to management, given that he must be getting a reputation as someone who turns down offers. That would be a shame, although it is a very stressful job and probably quite difficult to adjust to again after a long absence.