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Thanks to our long-running partnership with the League Managers Association, Elite Soccer has access to the leading coaches and managers in English soccer.

Below you’ll find our ever-growing list of authors source from throughout the English leagues and national teams. Click on a name to read a full bio and find links to sessions written by the coach.

Aitor Karanka

After a playing career spent largely in Spain with Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid, Karanka began his coaching career in charge of Spain’s U16s. He led Middlesborough to the play-off final in 2015, and finally achieved promotion to the Premier League the following season. He is currently the manager of Nottingham Forest.

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Alan Pardew

The 2011/12 Premier League Manager of the Season - awarded after finishing fifth with Newcastle United - has also taken the reins of Reading, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, Southampton, Crystal Palace and, most recently, West Bromwich Albion.

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Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson is widely regarded as the most successful club manager of all time. During 26 years with Manchester United, he won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, and two UEFA Champions League titles. He was knighted in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to the game.

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Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish entered soccer management at Motherwell in 1994, where his side finished league runners-up in 1995. He won the First Division with Hibs in 1999 before grabbing double title success with Rangers, as well as multiple cup victories too. Further silverware came south of the border at Birmingham City; he has also managed Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Genk, Zamalek and the Scottish national team.

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André Villas-Boas

André Villas-Boas never played football professionally, but has succeeded in creating a career as a top-flight football manager. Since 2009 he has managed teams in Portugal, England, Russia and China, securing an impressive collection of domestic and European honours.

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Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte began his managerial career in 2006 in the Italian lower divisions at Arezzo and Bari, winning promotion to the top flight with the latter, and was briefly employed by Atalanta before he further enhanced his reputation by guiding Siena into Serie A. That was the cue for Juventus to come calling for their former player, as did the Italy national team three years later when they handed him control of the Azzurri in 2014. He moved to Chelsea in 2016 and guided the team to Premier League and FA Cup triumphs.

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Arsène Wenger

Arsène Wenger is one of the most successful managers in the game and has twice been a winner of the LMA manager of the Year award. In a 22-year career at Arsenal, he won the Premier League title on three occasions and lifted the FA Cup a record seven times.

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Billy Mercer

Billy Mercer became Bristol City's goalkeeping coach in 2003. Further appointments followed, at Sheffield Wednesday and then Burnley, where he has been for eight years

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Chris Coleman

After his appointment as Wales manager in January 2012, Chris Coleman oversaw an impressive resurgence of the national team. Coleman’s side entered the top 10 of the Fifa rankings and went on to seal a place in the European Championship Finals for the first time in their history, reaching the semi-finals before losing to eventual champions Portugal.

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Chris Hughton

As a player Chris Hughton was a UEFA Cup winner and a double FA Cup winner with Tottenham Hotspur. He has been successful in a number of high profile coaching and managerial roles, including spells at Tottenham, the Republic of Ireland, Newcastle United, Birmingham City, Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion. Nine times a winner of the Championship Manager of the Month award, he also picked up the Championship LMA Manager of the Year award twice, in 2010 while at Newcastle and in 2016 for his work at Brighton.

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Chris Ramsey

Following a long and varied playing career, Chris Ramsey has worked for the FA as Regional Director of Coaching and served as head coach of the England national Under-20 football team. He has also been assistant manager of the England Under-17s, managed Charleston Battery, coached at Tottenham Hotspur and most recently managed QPR. He holds a UEFA Pro licence and is a graduate of the LMA’s Diploma in Football Management.

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Claudio Ranieri

With a managerial career that has seen him take charge of 17 teams over more than 30 years there can be few with as much experience as Ranieri. Popular with players and media alike, the Italian has built a solid reputation as a manager with a capacity to nurture youth, motivate his players and manage squads full of big names.

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Craig Shakespeare

Craig Shakespeare moved into coaching after a playing career of over 500 games, and since 2006 has occupied a number of assistant manager and 1st team coach positions. He assisted Claudio Ranieri in Leicester City's incredible Premier League winning 2015-2016 season and took on the manager's role after the Italian was sacked in 2017.

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Danny Wilson

Wilson began his managerial career with Barnsley in 1994 and his first season in charge saw the club rise to sixth place in Division One. He has gone on to manage Sheffield United, Bristol City, MK Dons and more in a 20 year career.

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Darren Kelly

Darren Kelly is manager of Hyde United in the Northern Premier league. He retired from playing football in 2015, following a career that saw him appear for clubs including Derry City (twice), York City and Carlisle United.

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Dave Beasant

Currently the goalkeeping coach for Sky Bet Championship club Reading, Beasant has worked at Fulham, Bristol Rovers, Stevenage, the Glenn Hoddle Academy, and with the Northern Ireland international team.

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David Moyes

David Moyes began his managerial career with Preston North End in 1998. He went on to manage Everton for 11 years, Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sunderland and Westham. Moyes has won the League Managers Association Manager of the Year award a record three times (in 2003, 2005 and 2009). He is also on the committee for the League Managers Association in an executive capacity.

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David Pleat

David Pleat is the longest serving member of the LMA committee, having been elected in 1978. In 2012 he was inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame and was awarded an M.A. (Hons) at Luton University for his services to football and the media.

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Dean Austin

Former Spurs defender Dean Austin retired from playing in 2003 and initially coached at Watford’s academy. He has held several coaching and assistant manager positions, most recently he returned to Watford as assistant manager to Slavisa Jokanovic, continuing in the same role alongside Quique Sánchez Flores after Watford’s promotion to the Premier League.

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Dean Smith

After finishing playing in January 2005, Dean Smith started his coaching career working with youth players at Leyton Orient, but he was soon promoted to assistant manager. He has gone on to manage Walsall, Brentford and Aston Villa.

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Dmitri Lavrinovic

Dmitri Lavrinovic recently spent 15 months in China, working as a lead coach for Manchester City. He was formerly youth team coach and head of coaching at League Two club, Accrington Stanley, and he also enjoyed a spell at Bury FC as a youth development coach.

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Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe has spent the majority of his career, as both player and manager, at AFC Bournemouth on the south coast of England. As manager he has guided The Cherries from the fourth tier of the English League to the top flight and established them as a Premier League team.

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Eric Kinder

Eric was appointed assistant manager at Exeter City in 2018 following a spell as assistant manager at Limerick. Boyhood Blackburn Rovers fan Eric Kinder became the club’s Under-21s head coach in June 2013 when moving from Carlisle United. He had previously been at Ewood Park as Academy coach back in 2006, but rejoined the Sky Bet Championship outfit with the task of overseeing the next generation of star

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Eric Steele

Eric Steele played for Newcastle United, Peterborough United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Watford, and Derby County. He has coached at at Huddersfield Town, Derby County, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United. In July 2015, Steele was engaged by the Football Association to coach goalkeepers across their junior teams.

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Gordon Strachan

Highly decorated as a top flight player, Gordon Strachan has also achieved great success as a manager in both England and Scotland. His most recent achievement was a four-year spell in charge of the Scotland national team.

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Graham Westley

Graham Westley's most recent managerial appointment was at Barnet. Before that he was in charge at Newport County. Other league clubs to benefit from Westley's stewardship include Peterborough United, Stevenage and Preston North End. As a player, Westley turned out for a number of clubs including QPR, Barnet, Gillingham and Wycombe Wanderers.

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Gus Poyet

After spells as assistant manager at Swindon Town, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur, Gus Poyet moved into the head role at Brighton and Hove Albion in 2009. His time on the south coast saw Poyet guide Brighton to promotion from League One and receive the League One Manager of the Year award. Poyet has also managed in Greece, France, Spain and China.

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Guus Hiddink

Since becoming a manager in 1987, Dutchman Guus Hiddink has created an illustrious career leading clubs and countries across the globe. He is The Netherland's most decorated club manager, has led both his home country and South Korea to the semi-finals of the World Cup and Russia to the last four of the European Championships.

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Ian Bogie

Ian Bogie is a vastly experienced coach and manager, who appeared for a number of sides during a 16-year professional career, including Newcastle United, Preston North End, Millwall, Leyton Orient and Port Vale.

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Javi Gracia

After an impressive start to this season, Javi Gracia is currently receiving plaudits for the job he is doing with Watford. But it’s been a long road to the Premier League for the much-respected Spanish coach, who has spent much of his career in his home country.

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

When Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink arrived at Burton Albion in 2014 he had only Belgian Second Division side Royal Antwerp on his managerial CV, but in his debut season at the Pirelli Stadium surpassed all expectations as the Brewers clinched promotion to Sky Bet League One for the first time in their history. Since then Hasselbaink has gone on to manage QPR and Northampton Town.

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Jon Whitney

As a player, Whitney had been a defender who plied his trade at Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic, Lincoln City and Hull City. After years in coaching and sports science roles he was appointed manager of Walsall in June 2016.

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Jos Luhukay

In the world of German football, the 54-year-old is regarded as ‘the Bundesliga promotion expert’ as no other coach in Germany can demonstrate a better track record. Every club in 2. Bundesliga Luhukay has coached has achieved promotion.

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José Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has ascended from a coaching role in schools football to becoming one of the world's most recognisable football managers, winning the league in four different countries and landing the greatest prize of all, the UEFA Champions League, with two different clubs.

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Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp has a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking coaches in the game. The German's CV boasts promotion from 2. Bundesliga with Mainz; two Bundesliga titles, a German Cup and a UEFA Champions League final appearance during a seven-year stint at Borussia Dortmund; and final appearances in both the Europa League and Champions League with Liverpool.

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Kenny Jackett

A graduate of the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University, Jackett has enjoyed spells in charge of Watford, Wolves, Millwall, Rotherham and Portsmouth.

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Kit Symons

The former centre-back was a strong and intelligent defender who enjoyed a successful playing career before going on to hold management and coaching positions at Crystal Palace, Colchester United, Fulham, Wales and Sunderland.

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Lee Johnson

Before being confirmed as the new manager of Bristol City Johnson managed at Barnsley and before that, Oldham Athletic, when he entered management for the first time and became the youngest manager in English football.

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Manuel Pellegrini

Chilean Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed a successful three years in charge of Manchester City, leading the club to the Barclays Premier League title in 2013/14 and the League Cup in 2013/14 and 2015/16. He joined City with a wealth of managerial experience accumulated in both South America and Europe, collecting numerous honours and accolades with River Plate, Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga. He also managed Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese Super League before returning to the Premier League with West Ham United.

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Mark Stimson

Stimson has already achieved three promotions during his managerial career and has also won The FA trophy on three occasions. Previously, Stimson reinforced his rising stock in management by guiding Gillingham back into League One in 2009. It was a third promotion for Stimson, who previously lifted Grays Athletic two levels to the Conference.

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Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes has followed up a trophy-laden playing career by making his mark as a manager. The former Manchester United striker took an unusual route by starting as an international boss with Wales, then moved into club management where he has developed a reputation for guiding "unfashionable" teams into the upper echelons of the Premier League.

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Mark Warburton

Warburton entered football management for the first time in 2013 as Manager of Brentford. He would go on to enjoy immediate success as he led the Club back to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1992-93 as they finished as runners up in Sky Bet League One in 2013/14.

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Matt Williams

Matt Williams is head of academy coaching at Wigan Athletic having previously been one of the men charged with restoring Torquay United’s league status at the first attempt after the Devon club slipped out of Sky Bet League Two.

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Matthew Bishop

Matthew Bishop is senior Football Association National Coaches Educator and has vast experience at all levels of the game. Beginning in 2005 as a National Development Manager for the Football Association of Wales, he progressed to Senior Coaching Coordinator before taking up Assistant Manager positions at Newport County and Aldershot Town. This wealth of experience both in the boardroom and on the training pitch makes Matthew one of the most promising and innovative figures in UK soccer coaching

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Michael Appleton

Michael Appleton was confirmed as the manager of Oxford United on July 4, 2014 having previously managed Blackpool, Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers. Before that, Appleton was at West Bromwich Albion – a 10-year spell that saw him serve as player and first-team coach.

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Michael O'Neill

On his appointment as Northern Ireland manager in December 2011, Michael O’Neill took over a national side ranked 87th in the world, and who hadn’t qualified for a major tournament since the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain. Yet, on October 8, 2015, 46-year-old O’Neill and his Northern Ireland team beat Greece 3-1 to finish top of their qualifying group and secure a place in the UEFA European Championship finals for the first time in the country’s history.

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Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy enjoyed a distinguished playing career that included 57 caps for the Republic of Ireland. His managerial career began at Millwall in 1992 and has taken in long stints at Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich Town. Mick also managed his national team with distinction, guiding the Republic of Ireland to the 2002 World Cup finals.

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Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon started his management career at Celtic in 2010 and has gone on to manage Bolton Wanderers and Hibernian. His honours include Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup wins with Celtic, and the Scottish Championship title with Hibs.

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Neil Cutler

After making the transition into coaching, he initially worked as a goalkeeping coach at Bury and then at Scunthorpe United. He subsequently spent nearly five years at Walsall, serving as head goalkeeping coach and first team coach, before returning to West Bromwich Albion in January 2018.

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Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock is one of English soccer's most enduring managers. Since 1980 Warnock has overseen 15 clubs across all divisions and has been at the helm for a record eight promotions.

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Nigel Adkins

A double promotion-winning manager with both Southampton and Scunthorpe United, Adkins began his coaching career in the League of Wales as player-manager of Bangor City, winning the title in consecutive seasons. After a season with Sheffield United, he was appointed boss of Hull City in December 2017. He is agraduate of the LMA’s Certificate in Applied Management at Warwick University.

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Paul Sturrock

As a player, Paul Sturrock was a ‘one club man’, making 385 appearances for Dundee United. He moved into management with great success north of the border, notably with St. Johnstone and Dundee United, then moved to Plymouth Argyle where he built a side that progressed from the bottom division to the Championship. He is currently on the coaching staff back at Dundee United.

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Rob Page

Rob Page joined Port Vale at the end of October 2014 having previously been youth team coach, assistant manager and interim manager at Vale Park. He left the club in 2016 and has since managed Northampton Town and Wales U21.

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Roberto Mancini

Since taking the reins at Fiorentina in 2001, Roberto Mancini has proved himself to be an accomplished trophy collector, winning domestic cups or titles in most seasons of his managerial career. Notably he guided Internazionale to three consecutive Serie A titles and Manchester City to their first league title in 44 years.

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Roberto Martinez

After success in managerial posts at Swansea, Wigan and Everton, Roberto Martinez became the head coach of the Belgium national team in 2016, guiding the Red Devils to third place in the 2018 World Cup finals.

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Roy Hodgson

Hodgson is a vastly experienced manager whose career spans no fewer than 20 managerial appointments across eight countries. The multi-lingual Londoner has earned an international reputation as a coach, with posts including the England and Switzerland national teams.

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Sam Allardyce

One of the most respected and experienced managers in English football, Sam Allardyce has taken charge of almost 500 Premier League matches during 15 seasons in the top-flight. Renowned for his ability to get the best out of players, he is also a forward-thinking manager, pioneering in his use of innovative technology and analysis tools to enhance team performance.

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Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche was appointed as manager of Burnley in October 2012 having previously taken charge at Watford, where he progressed to the role of first-team manager having been youth team coach and assistant manager. Dyche has also been involved with the England Under-21 team back in 2012 as a temporary member of the backroom staff. As a player, Dyche spent the majority of his career with Chesterfield, captaining their promotion-winning team in 1995. He also achieved promotions with Millwall and Bristol City.

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Shaun Derry

As a player, Shaun Derry captained Portsmouth, Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers. After hanging up his boots, Derry moved successfully into management, at first with Notts County and then with Cambridge United.

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Simon Grayson

Simon Grayson turned to coaching after a playing career that saw him grace the Premier League with Leicester City, Aston Villa and Blackburn. He has led Blackpool, Leeds United, Huddersfield and Preston to promotion to the Championship.

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Steve Bruce

After a 20-year stint as a player, which included great success with Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, Steve Bruce has forged an admirable coaching career that has taken in eight clubs and seen four promotions and a trip to the FA Cup final.

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Steve Clarke

Following a distinguished playing career with St Mirren and Chelsea, Steve Clarke gained excellent coaching experience working alongside some highly-respected managers including Jose Mourinho, Sir Bobby Robson and Kenny Dalglish. Since taking over at West Bromwich Albion in 2012, Clarke has become a well-regarded manager in his own right.

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Steve Cotterill

Former Cheltenham Town, Burton Albion, Wimbledon and Bournemouth player Cotterill has a wealth of managerial experience. Highlights include a five-year spell at Cheltenham that yielded three promotions and the FA Trophy. Taking Notts County to the League Two title; and winning the League One title, with a record 99 points, and the Football League Trophy with Bristol City.

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Steve Lomas

Lomas, a holder of the Uefa Pro License, quickly established himself as one of the emerging young managers in the game after guiding St Johnstone to European qualification for two consecutive seasons, including their highest ever finish in the SPL, where they finished third in 2012/13.

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Steve Lovell

After coaching and management stints at Sittingbourne, Hastings United, Ashford Town and Bromley, Lovell was appointed manager of Gillingham in late 2017, having previously served the club in two spells as caretaker manager and also as first team coach. He was named League One Manager of the Month for January 2018.

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Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce began his playing career at Wealdstone in 1982 before going on to play for Coventry City, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Manchester City. He has managed Forest and Manchester City as well as the England Under-21s and the Great Britain team at the 2012 London Olympics. Most recently he assisted David Moyes at West Ham.

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Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis obtained his FA coaching badge at age 19, followed by his UEFA 'A' licence aged 21 – making him one of the youngest professional players ever to have completed the qualification. He had a 17-year playing career in the game before entering management in 1992. By September 2016, Tony reached his 1000th game in football management and was inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame.

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Wally Downes

Charismatic coach Wally Downes has recently been assisting Steve Coppell managing in the Indian Super League. Prior to that he has coached at West Ham United, Southampton, Reading and Crystal Palace. He also enjoyed two years in charge of Brentford.

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