Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Curbs: My Loyalty Is Still to Charlton

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Curbs: My Loyalty Is Still to Charlton

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Byline: KEN DYER

ALAN CURBISHLEY today insisted he is fully committed to Charlton despite holding talks with the Football Association over the England job.

Curbishley, whose side beat Middlesbrough 2-1 yesterday, met with chief executive Brian Barwick at his brother's house on Friday to discuss the possibility of taking over from Sven-Goran Eriksson only for photographs of the rendezvous to be published in a Sunday newspaper.

Charlton chairman Richard Murray had granted permission for the talks but is furious his club weren't consulted when the FA put out a statement confirming the meeting.

Curbishley, who has one year left of his contract, admits he is just one of many managers in the running but won't let his ambition get in the way of giving his all for Charlton.

He said: "I am totally committed to Charlton Athletic Football Club. We have some very important matches coming up in the next few weeks which can help us achieve our objective of a top-10 league finish and a place in the FA Cup semi-finals and I will not allow anything to deflect me from achieving those objectives.

"I was away all of Saturday watching a player, I got home at 2am and if that is not committed to Charlton, I do not know what is.

"It seems after seeing the headlines it was all a bit shady, a bit cloak and dagger. It was far from it.

It was, and I stress, a very, very informal chat, it was no interview.

"I was not the first person and am definitely not going to be the last. I was just the one who got caught.

"It was an opportunity to see the face behind the name and for them to see me, but it was all very informal. I don't think there was a shortlist, there may be a very long list."

A club statement added: "Our position remains as it has always been.

We wish Alan Curbishley to remain as the manager of Charlton but the role of England manager is the top job in this country and if it is a role that Alan is offered and wishes to accept, we will not stand in his way. …

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