UCFB is delighted to announce that former Premier League managers Steve McClaren and Alan Curbishley will speak to prospective and current students at the upcoming UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus Taster Days.

Curbishley, who has previously managed Charlton Athletic and West Ham United, will appear at UCFB Wembley on Wednesday 24th January, and former Newcastle United and England boss McClaren will appear at UCFB Etihad Campus on Friday 26th January.

Both men will talk to guests about their career in football, as well as pass on invaluable advice to aspiring sports industry professionals.

Alan Curbishley

A playing career that took him to the likes of West Ham United, Birmingham and Brighton, it was his time as player/manager at Charlton Athletic where Curbishley really established his name. Joining the Addicks in the dual role in 1991, Curbishley took full charge of Charlton in 1995 and was in charge as the side famously won promotion to the Premier League in 1998 via the play-offs. Despite being relegated in their first season, Curbishley brought Charlton straight back up to the top flight in 2000 as First Division champions, where he stayed until May 2006.

Later that year, his boyhood club West Ham came calling as they battled relegation from the top flight. A memorable second half to the season saw the Hammers claim safety with a final day win at Old Trafford thanks to a Carlos Tevez goal. The following season saw the Hammers achieve a top ten finish, before Curbishley left the London club three games into the 2008/09 season. Curbishley has since had numerous television roles, and spent time as technical director at Fulham.

Steve McClaren

McClaren has experienced the highs and lows of football management domestically, overseas and at international level. He started as reserve team coach at Oxford United before moving to Derby County in 1995. His time at Pride Park was enough to impress the great Sir Alex Ferguson, who took McClaren to Manchester United in 1999 as his assistant. It was in his first year there that the club went on to win the famous treble. In 2001 McClaren took his first managerial role at Middlesbrough, where he led the club to their first ever trophy, the League Cup. Next came the England job, but his time with the national side didn’t go to plan, with England failing to reach Euro 2008.

McClaren then went to Holland where he won the Dutch league with FC Twente. Spells at German side Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and then Derby again preceded his time at Newcastle United in the Premier League. His most recent role was as a coaching consultant for Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Alan Curbishley will speak at UCFB Wembley on Wednesday 24th January. Steve McClaren will speak at UCFB Etihad Campus on Friday 26th January.