Kinsella turns to old boss Curbishley

FORMER Ireland midfielder Mark Kinsella sought advice from Alan Curbishley before his first match in the managerial hot seat.

Kinsella took his Walsall side to Charlton’s training ground on Saturday morning before their 1-0 victory over Gillingham and his former manager who announced he was quitting the Valley later in the day had some useful advice.

“Curbs told me to enjoy it — there was no pressure on me in these two games,” said Kinsella who was given the Walsall manager’s job for just two weeks.

“This result proves what we can do when we work hard for one another. We worked hard and got the result we deserved.”

After Saturday’s win Kinsella was still adamant he is not interested in the post full time, and said: “Managing is something I want to do. I’m a bit young but it is definitely something I want to do,” said the 33-year-old former Charlton and Aston Villa midfielder.

Former Ireland striker John Aldridge is one of the favourites for the job. Ian Rush, Mick Harford, David Platt and Paul Hart are also tipped although locals think they may see the return of Chris Nicholl or Colin Lee.

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