There is a very good reason why Alan Curbishley is a recurring character in just about every betting market about a managerial vacancy; but then there’s also a clear explanation as to why the man known as “Curbs” never lands those gigs.
A three-time Premier League Manager of the Month winner, the former Charlton and West Ham boss is a tactician of supreme experience and skill. His miracle mission in saving the Hammers from relegation in the 2006/07 season is the most obvious entry in a stacked evidence dossier to prove that.
But since resigning at Upton Park in 2008, the 57-year-old’s continued absence from the game has become a source of parody, with a dedicated Twitter account making light of his perma-presence in the betting for every available job.
There are always opportunities in an industry with a revolving door. Since the start of the month @AlansAvailable has tweeted Nottingham Forest, QPR, Yeovil Town, Aston Villa and Barnsley to alert them of his existence.
Before long it could be that Tim Sherwood has a similarly-mocking account in the social media sphere, presumably telling every candidate-scouring club that he does, in fact, not want the job.
Since having his 18-month contract at Tottenham torn up by Daniel Levy, Sherwood has taken the Curbishley route of finding solace in the TV studio. It really is a natty way of keeping your hand in and the Blackburn midfielder has been linked with a plethora of top jobs as a result. But he’s taken none of them.
The difference between the two men can be found in their comparative prices for open positions. Like some sort of Super Curbs, Sherwood finds himself thrust towards the surface of every betting market he enters, while the original languishes in the depths of sub-30/1 terrain.
Sherwood is currently the favourite to take over at Villa Park, at odds of 1/2. His previous four prices for Premier League jobs have been as short; 1/10 at QPR, 3/10 for the West Brom gig and 13/10 for Crystal Palace, while he was also briefly 2/1 jolly for the newcastle position.
If he really is Curbishley incarnate, Sherwood won’t get the Villa job. Instead he’ll sit biding his time, continuing to analyse Spurs games until @TimsOccupied arrives.