England football managers

England Football Managers

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The England manager job is one of the top jobs in international football but comes with high expectations from the F.A., England players, the press and England fans. Successes are quickly overshadowed the moment the England team doesn’t live up to expectations. It’s certainly a challenge that hasn’t ended well for most England football managers but England fans still live in hope football is coming home again!

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Coach / ManagerTermTournament PlacingsWin %*PlayedWDLBorn/DiedFootball Player and Management Career
Gareth Southgate20162018 World Cup Semi-finalists55%3117861970Gareth played for Crystal Palace between 1988 (junior) to 1995 (senior). He moved to Aston Villa in 1995 then to Middlesbrough in 2001 where he played until 2006 before becoming Middlesbrough manager. Gareth made 57 appearances for England between 1995 and 2004. Gareth has been the England under-21 manager since 2013 and, after being in temporary charge of the senior England team since 27 September 2016 he accepted the role of England manager on 30th November 2016 on a four year contract. Gareth Southgate quotes:
  • World Cup 2018: “These are the games you want to be involved in, the games that matter, the lads have the chance to write their own stories now
Sam Allardyce2016100%11001954Played for Dudley Town (as a youth) and Bolton Wanderers (youth and senior), Sunderland, Millwall, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Coventry City, Huddersfield Town, Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion, Limerick and Preston North End. Player manager at Limerick, Caretaker manager at Preston North End.
Managed Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Sunderland until 2016.
After getting the “dream job” he had waited for all his career Big Sam resigned after just 67 days by mutual agreement with the FA.
Roy Hodgson
2012-20162012 European Championship 1/4-final59%56331581947Played for Crystal Palace Youth Team, Tonbridge Angels, Maidstone United, Ashford Town, Bearea Park (South Africa) & Carshalton Athletic.
Managed Halmstads BK (Sweden), Bristol City, IK Oddevold, Örebro and Malmö FF (Sweden), Neuchâtel Xamax (Switzerland), FC Internazionale Milano (Italy), Blackburn Rovers, Grasshopper Club Zürich, FC København (Denmark), Udinese Calcio (Italy), United Arab Emirates, Viking FK (Norway), Finland national team, Fulham, Liverpool & West Bromwich Albion until May 2012.
Stuart Pearce (caretaker manager)20120%10011962Played for Coventry City, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, West Ham United & Manchester City.
Caretaker manager at Nottingham Forest, manager at Manchester City.
Also manager of Team GB for the summer Olympic games in 2012.
Fabio Capello2008-20112010 World Cup 2nd round67%4228861946Played for SPAL 1907, AS Roma, Juventus & AC Milan.
TV pundit then management at AC Milan, later Real Madrid, AS Roma, Juventus & Real Madrid. Currently Russian manager. Devout Catholic and lover of fine art, particularly Wassily Kandinsky.
Steve McClaren2006-200750%189451961Played for Hull City, Derby County, Lincoln City (on loan), Bristol City & Oxford United.
Coached Oxford United after retiring, then Derby County (assistant manager), Manchester United (assistant) & Middlesbrough (manager).
Sven-Göran Eriksson2001-20062002 World Cup 1/4-final
2004 European Championship 1/4-final
2006 World Cup 1/4-final
60%674017101948Sven was the first foreign English manager and he proved to be one of the most successful.
Played for Torsby IF, SK Sifhälla, KB Karlskoga & Västra Frölunda.
Managed Degerfors IF, IFK Göteborg, SL Benfica, AS Roma, Fiorentina AC, Sampdoria UC & SS Lazio.
Became as famous for his love of women as for the game.
Peter Taylor (caretaker manager)2000-20010%10011953Played for Southend United, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient, on loan to Oldham Athletic, Maidstone United & Exeter City. At Dartford as player-manager. Also managed Southend United, Dover Athletic, Gillingham & Leicester City.
Kevin Keegan1999-2000European Championship group stage39%187741951Played for Scunthorpe United, Liverpool, SV Hamburg, Southampton & Newcastle United.
Managed Newcastle United (twice) and Fulham. Famous for “poodle perm” hairstyle in the 70s.
Howard Wilkinson (caretaker manager)1999, 20000%20111943Played for Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Brighton & Hove Albion & Boston United (player-manager).
Managed Mossley AFC, Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United, Sunderland and, briefly in 2004, Shanghai Shenhua.
Glenn Hoddle1996-19991998 World Cup 2nd round61%2817651957Played for Tottenham Hotspur, AS Monaco & Chelsea.
Joined Swindon Town as player/manager and later Chelsea in same capacity. Manager of Tottenham Hotspur from 2001-2003.
Terry Venables (aka El-Tel)1994-19961996 European Championship semi-final48%24111211943Played for Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Queen’s Park Rangers, Crystal Palace.
Coached first at Crystal Palace, later at Queen’s Park Rangers, Barcelona & Tottenham Hotspur.
Having retired he has recently returned as technical advisor to Wembley FC.
Graham Taylor1990-19931992 European Championship group stage48%38181371944Played for Grimsby Town & Lincoln City.
Youngest ever coach at age 21. Coached Lincoln City, Watford, Aston Villa.
England failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup under his tenure.
Famous for his call to a linesman “Hey! – Tell your pal that he’s just cost me my job.”
Sir Bobby Robson1982-19901986 World Cup 1/4-final
1988 European Championship group stage
1990 World Cup 4th place
49%954730181933-2009Played for Fulham & West Bromwich Albion.
Player/coach of Vancouver Royals in Canada.
Between 1992 and his death in 2009 Sir Bobby successfully battled off cancer 4 times, sadly losing his 5th battle. Bobby Robson was Graham Taylor’s predecessor as England manager.
Ron Greenwood1977-19821980 European Championship group stage
1982 World Cup 2nd round
60%553312101921-2006Played for Bradford Park Avenue, Brentford, Chelsea & Fulham. Assistant manager at Arsenal. Managed England Youth and U-23 teams and West Ham United. Later BBC pundit.
Don Revie1974-197748%2914871927-1989Played for Leicester City, Hull City, Manchester City, Sunderland & Leeds United which he later successfully managed.
Both Don and arch-rival Brian Clough, came from Middlesbrough.
Joe Mercer (caretaker manager)197443%73311914-1990Played for Everton, Aldershot, Chester & Arsenal.
England caretaker manager for 36 days
Managed Sheffield United, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Coventry City.
Alf Ramsey1963-19741966 World Cup Champions
1968 European Championship 3rd place
1970 World Cup 1/4-final
61%1136927171920-1999[video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”qUrYH1pp-SE” width=”640″ height=”480″ anchor=”Sir Alf led England to victory over Germany in 1966″]. Played for Southampton & Tottenham Hotspur. 32 England appearances.
Trained Ipswich before England. A keen fan of self-improvement evidenced by the elocution lessons he took.
Walter Winterbottom1946-19631950 World Cup group stage
1954 World Cup 1/4-final, 1958 World Cup group play-off
1962 World Cup 1/4-final
56%1397833281913-2002Played for Manchester United & Chelsea (guest appearance).
At 16 years Walter is the longest serving England manager and that’s unlikely to be beaten in the foreseeable future. He trained as a teacher and taught in Oldham.
Reserve player for an England v Scotland match in 1942.
* The winning percentage is calculated by dividing the number of games won by the number of games played. Draws and defeats are not taken into account. There are other performance calculations but they are not the “winning percentage”. Last updated 15 October 2018

I Wouldn’t Say I’m The Best Manager But I’m In The Top One” – Brian Clough, who didn’t make the England football managers list

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  • What about England football managers Before 1945?
    From 1872 until the end of the second world war in 1946 England football managers, trainers and coaches were selected by the Football Association secretary and later the FA International Selection Committee.
  • What do the England players call the England manager?
    Traditionally the England manager has been called “the boss” but Gareth Southgate prefers to be known simply as Gareth”.
  • How many England football managers have their been?
    There have been fifteen England football managers since 1946, excluding caretaker managers.

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5 responses to “England Football Managers”

  1. JC says:

    Hi Daniel, thanks for pointing out our mistake (a cut and paste error from Walter Winterbottom) which we have now fixed.

  2. Daniel says:

    Just wanted to point out Howard Wilkinson was Born in 1943, he is still alive .

  3. Joe says:

    Hi Ralph, thanks for asking but, as far as we are aware, no England football manager ever said that. However, Knute Rockne, a noted US college football manager reportedly said “As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.”

  4. Ralph Lambinon says:

    Question; Which England manager said ” I won’t select my eleven best players, but rather my best eleven.”

  5. Kevin Egan says:

    Alf Ramsey is my favourite England manager because of his manner after the 1966 World Cup quarter final against Argentina. He was clearly seething at the behavior of England’s opponents that day at Wembley and called them “animals”. He made his post-match remarks in an aggressive but controlled way and it was at that point you could sense the belief that England could pull it off and that Alf was the man to galvanise his troops and finish the job.

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