Alan Curbishley For Popeby Jack Kitson / 21 March 2017, 12:06Tweet
The Sack Race regulars (if there are any) will know that we are simply desperate for Alan Curbishley to return to the dugout. This is an understatement. We would do anything for this to happen.
The former Charlton and West Ham gaffer has heartbreakingly been absent from the managerial arena since the hazy days of 2008 when he resigned from his post at Upton Park.
Since then an avalanche of managers have come-and-gone in the Premier League and Football League, yet Curbs has stubbornly remained in the wilderness, bar a coaching stint at Fulham and the odd appearance as a TV pundit.
What a tease.
Yet, while Curbishley’s odds of returning to management may be slim - for anyone interested he’s a 275/1 shot for the Man Utd job - the iconic boss could be lining himself for a staggering career change.
A glance at the “Next Pope after Francis I” betting market shows the standard contenders including Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Cardinal Angelo Scola, yet a scroll down the market remarkably reveals that our own Curbs is a 1000/1 outsider for the post (Ladbrokes)!
Leicester City were 5,000/1 to win the Premier League last season...
You can’t make this up.
The current Pope, Pope Francis, has held the position for four years since March 2013 when he succeeded Benedict XVI, who became the first Pope to resign since Celestine V in 1294.
If Pope Francis ever decides to throw in the cloth, then there’s only one man who can step up to the pulpit
(If this ever does happen Curbishley could well become the first ever Pope to be sacked…)