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Manager Watch: Curbishley tipped for West Brom job

The 56-year-old has been tipped to replace Pepe Mel at West Brom.

There are very few jobs Alan Curbishley hasn't been linked with over the years. It comes as an initial shock, in fact, that the former Charlton and West Ham boss has only ever managed two clubs.

At some point, the 56-year-old has probably been linked with every club in the country - the trend has been so widespread that parody accounts @AlansAvailable and @Curbs4Hire have been set up specifically to Tweet about Curbishley's availability whenever a job becomes vacant, or a change of manager looks likely.

You would think, though, that the relentless speculation would stop after Curbishley finally took a job - as Sporting Director at Fulham - and was removed from it only months later (ironically, following a change of manager).

But no, Curbishley could be back in action again quicker than ever, that's if reports in the Daily Mirror is to be believed. The newspaper claims that Curbishley could be set to step in at struggling West Brom, who will give boss Pepe Mel just two games to save his job - and one of those is against Manchester United.

Mel has failed to win in six matches since taking over from Steve Clarke at the Hawthorns, although three of those involved West Brom taking creditable points from Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton.

But the West Brom board have reportedly been unimpressed with the 51-year-old Spaniard's start to life in English football, and the rumour mill suggests that Curbishley could thus be back in business just weeks after being relieved of his duties at Fulham.

Several West Brom fans, however, remain angry that the club sacked Clarke in the first place, and they will doubtless point to the fact that no team who has had 3 managers in one Premier League season has ever avoided the drop. Worrying times at West Brom.

West Brom fans - would you be happy if Curbishley replaced Mel ?

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