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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 live in hope football is coming home again – maybe!

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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Coach / Manager Term Tournament Placings Win %* Played W D L Born/Died Football Player and Management Career
Gareth Southgate 2016 2018 World Cup 56% 18 10 6 2 1970 Gareth 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.
Sam Allardyce 2016 100% 1 1 0 0 1954 Played 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
2012-2016 2012 European Championship 1/4-final 59% 56 33 15 8 1947 Played 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) 2012 0% 1 0 0 1 1962 Played 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 Capello 2008-2011 2010 World Cup 2nd round 67% 42 28 8 6 1946 Played 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 McClaren 2006-2007 50% 18 9 4 5 1961 Played 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 Eriksson 2001-2006 2002 World Cup 1/4-final
2004 European Championship 1/4-final
2006 World Cup 1/4-final
60% 67 40 17 10 1948 Sven 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) 2000-2001 0% 1 0 0 1 1953 Played 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 Keegan 1999-2000 European Championship group stage 39% 18 7 7 4 1951 Played 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, 2000 0% 2 0 1 1 1943 Played 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 Hoddle 1996-1999 1998 World Cup 2nd round 61% 28 17 6 5 1957 Played 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) 1994-1996 1996 European Championship semi-final 48% 24 11 12 1 1943 Played 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 Taylor 1990-1993 1992 European Championship group stage 48% 38 18 13 7 1944 Played 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 Robson 1982-1990 1986 World Cup 1/4-final
1988 European Championship group stage
1990 World Cup 4th place
49% 95 47 30 18 1933-2009 Played 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 Greenwood 1977-1982 1980 European Championship group stage
1982 World Cup 2nd round
60% 55 33 12 10 1921-2006 Played 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 Revie 1974-1977 48% 29 14 8 7 1927-1989 Played 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) 1974 43% 7 3 3 1 1914-1990 Played for Everton, Aldershot, Chester & Arsenal.
England caretaker manager for 36 days
Managed Sheffield United, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Coventry City.
Alf Ramsey 1963-1974 1966 World Cup Champions
1968 European Championship 3rd place
1970 World Cup 1/4-final
61% 113 69 27 17 1920-1999 [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 Winterbottom 1946-1963 1950 World Cup group stage
1954 World Cup 1/4-final, 1958 World Cup group play-off
1962 World Cup 1/4-final
56% 139 78 33 28 1913-2002 Played 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 3 February 2018

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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”.

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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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