Curle as manager of Carlisle United in 2015
|Full name||Keith Curle|
|Date of birth||14 November 1963|
|Place of birth||Bristol, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2002–2004||Mansfield Town (player-manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Keith Curle (born 14 November 1963) is an English professional football manager for League Two side Oldham Athletic.
He played as a centre back from 1981 to 2005, notably in the Premier League for Manchester City, where he was also the club captain. He also played for Bristol Rovers, Torquay United, Bristol City, Reading, Wimbledon, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield United, Barnsley. He became player-manager of Mansfield Town in 2002, where he remained until 2005. He later managed Chester City, Torquay United, Notts County and Carlisle United.
Born in Bristol,Curle began his career at hometown club Bristol Rovers, for whom he made a goalscoring debut on 29 August 1981 in the (old) Third Division against Chester. He left two seasons later to join Torquay United for £5,000 but remained at Plainmoor only for four months before returning to his native city, this time with Bristol City.
The Robins won promotion from the fourth tier at the end of the 1983/84 season soon after Curle's arrival. He remained with the club for three full seasons in the third flight, amassing 128 appearances in total. He finally left Ashton Gate to join Reading for £150,000 in October 1987.
After a year at Reading – which saw relegation from the Second Division – he made a £500,000 move to Division One and FA Cup holders Wimbledon. He spent two and a half years battling with the Crazy Gang before Manchester City paid a club record £2.5million for him in August 1991. This was the joint highest fee paid for a defender by a British club at the time, and one of the highest paid for a player of any position.
His first season at Maine Road saw a 5th place league finish and earned him a call-up to the England squad, debuting on 29 April 1992 as a substitute in a 2–2 friendly draw against the CIS in Moscow. After starting in a further warm-up game (a 1–0 win over Hungary), he was selected for the squad for Euro '92. Here, he covered at right-back in their opening goalless group game against Denmark, but played no further part as the nation crashed out at the first stage and was not selected again.
Back with his club, Curle was promoted to club captain but they were unable to match their 5th-place finish after manager Peter Reid was fired and eventually suffered relegation in the 1995/96 season. Curle remained with the club during pre-season for the following campaign but was soon stripped of his captaincy and transfer-listed before being sold to Wolves in August 1996 for £650,000.
He spent four seasons at Molineux as the club tried to win promotion to the Premier League. His first season with the team saw them lose in the play-offs to Crystal Palace, but they failed to qualify for them in his subsequent seasons. He was however made club captain and led to the side to an FA Cup semi-final in 1998, where they lost to eventual double winners Arsenal.
The promise of a coaching role saw him move to Sheffield United in 2000 and he spent two years working with manager Neil Warnock in this capacity, scoring once as a player against Bradford City.He joined Barnsley in 2002 but stayed just two months before ending his contract by mutual consent and joining third flight club Mansfield Town, where he was soon appointed player-manager. He played through the remainder of the 2002–03 season before focusing solely on management.
Curle began his management career on 3 December 2002 after being appointed as player-manager of Mansfield Town, after the dismissal of Stuart Watkiss.He took over with the team struggling in the relegation zone and could not prevent the drop to the fourth tier, but took them to the play-off final in his first full season in charge, where they lost on penalties to Huddersfield Town.
He was controversially sacked in December 2004 after allegations that he bullied a youth-team player. However, in August 2006, Curle won a case for wrongful dismissal against the club and was awarded undisclosed damages. The judge in the case cleared Curle of any wrongdoing, and described Mansfield's disciplinary process as a "sham".
Despite the outcome of his hearing not yet being clear, he was appointed as manager of Chester City in May 2005 and began brightly with the club challenging for promotion from League Two and eliminating Nottingham Forest from the FA Cup. However, a disastrous losing run of 11 games in 12 cost Curle his job in February 2006 after just nine months in charge.
On 8 February 2007, he was appointed head coach (effectively manager under Director of Football Colin Lee, his former manager at Wolves) at Torquay United, where he had played earlier in his career.He was on a short-term contract that ended in the summer of 2007. After failing to save Torquay from relegation, Curle's contract was not renewed and he was replaced by Leroy Rosenior on 17 May 2007.
Curle reunited with Neil Warnock, when the latter was appointed manager of Championship side Crystal Palace in October 2007 and immediately brought Curle into his coaching team.Curle followed Warnock across London to Queens Park Rangers on 1 March 2010, again as coach. On 8 January 2012, he was sacked by the club with manager Warnock and assistant manager Mick Jones
On 20 February 2012, he was named as manager of Notts County.Curle made an impressive start to his reign at Notts County winning his first four games. He finished the 2011–12 season with Notts in 7th place, only missing out on the play-offs by goal difference. Curle's team made a good start to the 2012–13 season. A 2–2 draw with Oldham Athletic meant Curle equaled a 41-year record by going unbeaten away from home in the league in 10 consecutive games for the first time since 1971. The record was broken three days later when Notts County drew 1–1 with MK Dons. The run finally came to end on 27 January 2013 when Notts County were beaten 2–1 by Leyton Orient. Before that the team had gone 22 consecutive away games without defeat.
On 3 February 2013, Curle was sacked by Notts County.
In September 2014, he was appointed as manager of Carlisle United, where he remained until the end of the 2017–18 season.
On 1 October 2018, Curle was appointed manager at Northampton Town.
On 29 June 2020, Northampton Town won the League Two Play-Off Final under Curle, gaining him his first promotion with a club in the EFL as the Cobblers beat Exeter 4–0 at Wembley.
On 10 February 2021, Curle was sacked by Northampton Town with the club occupying 23rd place in League One, having endured a run of one win in 10 matches, and 1 goal scored in 2021.
On 8 March 2021 Curle was appointed boss of League Two side Oldham Athletic following the sacking of Harry Kewell the day before.
|Mansfield Town||3 December 2002||11 November 2004||104||39||23||42||37.5|
|Chester City||2 May 2005||18 February 2006||39||12||10||17||30.8|
|Torquay United||8 February 2007||17 May 2007||15||2||4||9||13.3|
|Notts County||20 February 2012||3 February 2013||51||23||14||14||45.1|
|Carlisle United||19 September 2014||5 May 2018||207||79||62||66||38.2|
|Northampton Town||1 October 2018||10 February 2021||125||47||32||46||37.6|
|Oldham Athletic||8 March 2021||Present||14||4||3||7||28.6|
Neil Warnock is an English football manager and former player who is currently manager of Championship club Middlesbrough. He is also a television and radio pundit. In a managerial career spanning five decades, Warnock has managed sixteen different clubs from the Premier League to non-league. He holds the record for the most promotions in English football, with eight.
Colin Lee is an English football manager and former footballer. He is currently head of football at South Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton, Devon along with Chris Beard.
Gary Owers is an English former professional footballer, and football manager. He most recently managed Torquay United. He was previously manager of Bath City and Forest Green Rovers as well as the assistant manager at Aldershot Town, Plymouth Argyle and Gateshead.
Alan Michael Anthony Sheehan is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for EFL League Two club Northampton Town. He played for the Republic of Ireland national under-21 team.
John David Schofield is an English professional football coach and former player.
Karl Leon Hawley is an English professional footballer who plays for Sutton Coldfield. He has represented the England C team.
Stephen Philip Collis is an English former professional footballer who is currently the goalkeeping coach at English League Two club Oldham Athletic.
Alan Richard Knill is a former Wales international footballer who played as a central defender for several clubs, including Halifax Town, Swansea City, Bury, Scunthorpe United and Rotherham United and made one appearance for Wales in 1988. He has also managed Rotherham United, Bury, Scunthorpe United and a short-lived spell at Torquay United.
Guy Peter Bromley Branston is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre back. He was most recently the Director of Recruitment and Development, and caretaker manager at Chesterfield.
Colin West is an English former footballer who is now the assistant head coach at Oldham Athletic. He played as a forward and scored 158 goals in 555 league and cup games in the English Football League, Conference and the Scottish Football League.
Paul Richard Cox is an English football manager who was previously a professional footballer. In an eleven-year career as a player, Cox played in the Football League with his hometown club Notts County before playing in non-league football with several clubs, most notably Kettering Town. Cox moved into coaching at Eastwood Town in 2003, becoming the manager in 2005. He won the Northern Premier League in 2008–09, and left the club for Mansfield Town in 2011, with whom he won the Conference Premier in 2012–13, before leaving in November 2014. He later managed Torquay United in 2015, Barrow from 2015 until 2017, and Guiseley between 2017 and 2018. He is currently manager of Kettering Town.
The 2013–14 Football League was the 115th season of The Football League. It began on 3 August 2013 and concluded on 3 May 2014, with the promotion play-off finals at Wembley Stadium on 24–26 May 2014. The Football League is contested through three Divisions. The divisions are the Championship, League One and League Two. Leicester City, Burnley and Queens Park Rangers were promoted to the Premier League, while Bristol Rovers and Torquay United were relegated to the Conference Premier.
The 2014–15 Football League was the 116th season of the Football League. It consisted of the usual 72 clubs, with the new additions being Luton Town and play-off winners Cambridge United, who returned to the Football League for the first time since 2005, replacing Bristol Rovers and Torquay United from League Two.
The 2014–15 Football League Two was the 11th season of the Football League Two under its current title and the 23rd season under its current league division format. The season began on 9 August 2014.
The 2015–16 Football League Two was the 12th season of the Football League Two under its current title and the 24th season under its current league division format. The season began on 8 August 2015 and concluded on 7 May 2016.
The 2015–16 season will be Mansfield Town's 119th season in their history and their third consecutive season in League Two. Along with League Two, the club will also compete in the FA Cup, League Cup and League Trophy. The season covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.
The 2016–17 EFL League Two is the 13th season of the Football League Two under its current title and the 24th season under its current league division format. The fixtures were announced on 22 June 2016.
The 2018–19 season was the 120th season of the English Football League (EFL) and the third season under that name after it was renamed from The Football League in 2016. It began on 3 August 2018 and concluded on 5 May 2019, with the promotion play-off finals at Wembley Stadium on 25–27 May 2019. For the sixth season running, the league was sponsored by Sky Betting & Gaming and was therefore known as the Sky Bet EFL.
The 2020–21 EFL League Two was the 17th season of Football League Two under its current title and the 29th season under its current league division format.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Keith Curle .|