Northampton promoted: A closer look at manager Keith Curle


The Cobblers whipped Exeter 4-0 on Monday and will play in the 3rd tier next season.

Keith Curle has actually protected his first promo as a manager after assisting Northampton to success in the League 2 play- off final.

The Cobblers whipped Exeter 4-0 on Monday and will play in the 3rd tier next season.

Here, the PA news company profiles the man at the helm.

Knowledgeable advocate

Curle is among the most knowledgeable supervisors in the game (Mike Egerton/PA)

Having actually used up his first position when designated as Mansfield player-manager in December 2002, 56- year-old Curle is among the most knowledgeable supervisors in the English Football League. He has likewise had spells in charge of Chester, Torquay, Notts County and Carlisle prior to taking control of at Sixfields in October 2018.

Strong pedigree

Curle (right) arrived in his playing profession with Manchester City (John Giles/PA)

As a former England centre-back, Curle took pleasure in a prominent and long playing profession prior to advancing into management. After starting at Bristol Rovers, he made more than 700 appearances in over twenty years. He played in all 4 departments however shone in the leading flight with Wimbledon and Manchester City, making 3 international caps. There were likewise substantial stints at Wolves, Bristol City and Sheffield United amongst the 10 clubs he represented.

Long-awaited promo

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Curle directed Mansfield to the Third Division play- off final in his first full season in charge however has actually needed to wait previously to clinch a promo. Near misses out on have actually consisted of Notts County edged out of the League One play- offs on goal distinction in 2011-12 and Carlisle losing in the League 2 semi-finals in 2017.

Knowing from promo master

Curle (right) was working under Neil Warnock (left) when QPR won promo in 2011 (Dave Thompson/PA)

In between leaving Torquay in 2007 and taking control of at Notts County in 2012, Curle worked as a first-team coach under promo professional Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace and QPR. Their biggest accomplishment came when they directed QPR to the Premier League in 2011, among Warnock’s record 8 promos in English football.


Curle is among couple of supervisors of ethic minority background in the game (Peter Byrne/PA)

Curle is among just 5 supervisors in England’s expert game from an ethnic minority background– a 6th, Sol Campbell, left Southend on Tuesday. His play- off triumph began the exact same day the Premier League, EFL and Expert Footballers’ Association revealed the establishing of a new plan to enhance the representation of people from ethnic minority backgrounds in the coaching ranks.

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