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 FA, 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 that football is coming home again!

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Coach / Manager Term Tournament Placings Win %* Played W D L Born/Died Country Football Player and Management Career
Gareth Southgate 2016 2018 World Cup Semi-finalists. 59% 41 24 9 8 1970 England, Watford. Gareth Southgate played for Crystal Palace between 1988 (junior) to 1995 (senior). He moved to Aston Villa in 1995 then Middlesbrough in 2001. He was appointed manager in 2006. Gareth Southgate made 57 appearances for England between 1995 and 2004. Gareth Southgate was England under-21 manager between 2013 and 2016. On 27th September 2016 he took temporary charge of the senior England team. Gareth Southgate accepted the England manager role on 30th November 2016 with 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 Allardyce 2016 100% 1 1 0 0 1954 England, Dudley. Sam Allardyce 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. Allardyce was player manager at Limerick, caretaker manager at Preston North End and manger at Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Sunderland until he became England manager. 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. Allardyce managed Everton for the 2017-18 season.
Roy Hodgson
2012-2016 2012 European Championship 1/4-final. 59% 56 33 15 8 1947 England, Croydon. Roy Hodgson played for Crystal Palace Youth Team, Tonbridge Angels, Maidstone United, Ashford Town, Bearea Park (South Africa) and Carshalton Athletic. Hodgson 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 and since 2017 is manger of Crystal Palace.

I try very hard not to look back.

Stuart Pearce (caretaker manager) 2012 0% 1 0 0 1 1962 England, London. Stuart Pearce played for Coventry City, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Manchester City. Pearce was caretaker manager at Nottingham Forest, manager at Manchester Cit and manager of football “Team GB” during the 2012 summer Olympic games.
Fabio Capello 2008-2011 2010 World Cup 2nd round. 67% 42 28 8 6 1946 Italy Fabio Capello played for SPAL 1907, AS Roma, Juventus and AC Milan. Capello was a TV pundit then football manager of AC Milan, later Real Madrid, AS Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid. Capello is a devout Roman Catholic and lover of fine art, particularly Wassily Kandinsky.
Steve McClaren 2006-2007 50% 18 9 4 5 1961 England, Fulford. Steve McClaren played for Hull City, Derby County, Lincoln City (on loan), Bristol City and Oxford United. McClaren coached Oxford United then was assistant manager at Derby County, Manchester United (assistant) then anger at Middlesbrough.
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 Sweden, Sunne. Sven was the first foreign English manager and he proved to be one of the most successful. Eriksson played for Torsby IF, SK Sifhälla, KB Karlskoga and Västra Frölunda. Eriksson managed Degerfors IF, IFK Göteborg, SL Benfica, AS Roma, Fiorentina AC, Sampdoria UC & SS Lazio. Sven-Göran Eriksson became almost as famous for his love of women as for the game.
Peter Taylor (caretaker manager) 2000-2001 0% 1 0 0 1 1953 England, Rochford. Peter Talyor played for Southend United, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient, on loan to Oldham Athletic, Maidstone United, Exeter City and Dartford as player-manager. Taylor managed Southend United, Dover Athletic, Gillingham and Leicester City.
Kevin Keegan 1999-2000 European Championship group stage. 39% 18 7 7 4 1951 England, Doncaster. Kevin Keegan played for Scunthorpe United, Liverpool, SV Hamburg, Southampton and Newcastle United.
Keegan managed Newcastle United (twice) and Fulham. Famous for his “poodle perm” hairstyle in the 1970s.
Howard Wilkinson (caretaker manager) 1999, 2000 0% 2 0 1 1 1943 England, Sheffield. Howard Wilkinson played for Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Brighton & Hove Albion and Boston United (as player-manager).
Wilkinson 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 England, Hayes. Glenn Hoddle played for Tottenham Hotspur, AS Monaco, Chelsea and made 53 senior England appearances between 1979-88. Hoddle joined Swindon Town as player/manager and later Chelsea in same capacity. Hoddle managed Tottenham Hotspur from 2001-2003.
Terry Venables (aka El-Tel) 1994-1996 1996 European Championship semi-final. 48% 24 11 12 1 1943 England, Dagenham. Terry Venables played for Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Queen’s Park Rangers and Crystal Palace.
Venables coached first at Crystal Palace, later at Queen’s Park Rangers, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.
Having retired El-Tel was technical advisor to Wembley FC.
Graham Taylor 1990-1993 1992 European Championship group stage. 48% 38 18 13 7 1944 England, Kings Langley. Graham Taylor played for Grimsby Town and Lincoln City football clubs. Taylor was the youngest ever coach at age 21. He coached Lincoln City, Watford, Aston Villa. England failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup under his tenure. Taylor famously called out 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 England, Sacriston. Bobby Robson played for Fulham and West Bromwich Albion and was player/coach of Vancouver Royals in Canada. Between 1992 and his death in 2009 Sir Bobby successfully battled with cancer 4 times, sadly losing his 5th battle. Bobby Robson was Graham Taylor’s predecessor as England manager. Our favorite Bobby Robson quote:

If you don’t score you’re not going to win a match.

Ron Greenwood 1977-1982
  • 1980 European Championship group stage.
  • 1982 World Cup 2nd round.
60% 55 33 12 10 1921-2006 England, Worsthome. Ron Greenwood played for Bradford Park Avenue, Brentford, Chelsea and Fulham. Greenwood was assistant manager at Arsenal and manager of the England Youth and U-23 teams and West Ham United. Ron was also a BBC pundit. Ron Greenwood quotes:

On selecting Viv Anderson, the first black player for England in 1978: Yellow, purple or black – if they’re good enough, I’ll pick them.

Don Revie 1974-1977 48% 29 14 8 7 1927-1989 England, Middlesbrough. Don Revie played for Leicester City, Hull City, Manchester City, Sunderland and Leeds United, which he later successfully managed.
Both Revie and arch-rival Brian Clough, came from Middlesbrough. Famous Don Revie quote:

On quitting the England job: Nearly everyone in the country wants me out. So, I am giving them what they want.

Joe Mercer (caretaker manager) 1974 43% 7 3 3 1 1914-1990 England, Ellesmere Port. Joe Mercer played for Everton, Aldershot, Chester and Arsenal. He managed Sheffield United, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Coventry City. Joe Mercer was England caretaker manager for just 36 days.
Sir Alf Ramsey 1963-1974 61% 113 69 27 17 1920-1999 England, Dagenham. As a football player Alf Ramsey played for Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur. He also 32 England appearances. As a football manager Ramsey trained Ipswich before England. Alf Ramsey was a keen fan of self-improvement as evidenced by the elocution lessons he took.
Alf Ramsey led England to victory over Germany in 1966.
Sir 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 England, Oldham. Walter Winterbottom played for Manchester United and Chelsea (guest appearance). At 16 years Walter is the longest serving of all England football managers – a record that’s unlikely to be beaten in the foreseeable future. Winterbottom trained as a teacher and taught in Oldham. Walter Winterbottom was a reserve player for an England v Scotland match in 1942.
Notes: * 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”. ADDucation’s lists are published for information only and are not official. ADDucation acknowledges all trademarks and registered marks belong to their respective organizations including FIFATM, UEFATM and The FATM.

Frequently Asked Questions About England Football Managers

FAQs About England Football Managers

  • Who are the longest serving England football managers?
    Sir Walter Winterbottom is by far the longest serving England manager with 17 years service. Sir Alf Ramsey is the second longest serving England manager, having served 11 years.
  • 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 there been?
    There have been fifteen England football managers since 1946, excluding caretaker managers.

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5 responses to “England Football Managers”

  1. 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.

  2. Ralph Lambinon says:

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

    • 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.”

  3. Daniel says:

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

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