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This page is about football managers, administrators, etc. For players, see Footballers.

The only England manager with a 100% record Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Began his career in football management at Kettering Town in 1971 and ended it with four months in charge at Nottingham Forest in 1999; in between he managed seven other clubs, including Atlético Madrid 1988–9; his teams won two FA Cups and two League Cups Click to show or hide the answer
Manager of Manchester United, immediately before Alex Ferguson; later became a media pundit, but was forced to resign in 2004 after a controversial aside about Chelsea's Marcel Desailly
Assistant Manager of Aston Villa under Ron Saunders, 1982; appointed as manager in February 1982, after Saunders resigned; guided Villa to victory in the Quarter–Finals, Semi–Final and Final of the European Cup; sacked in 1984 after two disappointing League seasons; died in 1993 aged 56 Click to show or hide the answer
Controversial Swiss President of FIFA, 1998–2015: banned from all football–related activities for 8 years, in December 2015 (along with Michel Platini) over a $2 million payment made to Platini by FIFA in 2011 Click to show or hide the answer
MD of Birmingham City, 1993–2009 – appointed at age 23, and the first woman to hold such a post; vice–chairman of West Ham, 2010– Click to show or hide the answer
Managed Huddersfield Town to one FA Cup win (1922) and three consecutive League championships (1924–6), before moving on to Arsenal Click to show or hide the answer
Scored 251 goals in 274 games for Middlesbrough and Sunderland, 1955–62; played 2 games for England in 1959, but failed to score; sustained a cruciate ligament injury on Boxing Day 1962, which ended his career (aged 29); managed Derby County 1967–73, Nottingham Forest 1975–93; won the League title with both; also won two European Cups and four League Cups with Forest (but never won the FA Cup); underwent a liver transplant in 2003, but died in 2004 of stomach cancer (aged 69); the A52 road from Derby to Nottingham was named in his honour in 2005 Click to show or hide the answer
Born in 1960 in Bologna, Italy: named FIFA's "Best Referee of the Year" six consecutive times; widely considered to be the greatest football referee of all time; refereed the 2002 World Cup Final (Brazil v. Germany, in Seoul) and England's 5–1 victory over Germany in September 2001 Click to show or hide the answer
Secretary of the FA, 1973–89; replaced by Graham Kelly as Chief Executive Click to show or hide the answer
Manchester United manager when they were relegated in 1974 Click to show or hide the answer
'Psychological coach' used by Glenn Hoddle during the 1998 World Cup Click to show or hide the answer
The only manager to win league and cup doubles in three different countries Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Former player (227 League games, 1966–72) who managed Arsenal from 1986 to 1995 – towards the end of which time "One–nil to the Arsenal" became a thing Click to show or hide the answer
First overseas manager (i.e. not born in the British Isles) to win the FA Cup (1997) Click to show or hide the answer
Secretary of the Football League, 1957–79, and Director General from 1979 until his sudden death from a heart attack in 1980; the Man of the Match award in the League Cup Final (first presented in 1990) is named in his honour Click to show or hide the answer
Brazilian President of FIFA, 1974–88 (succeeded Sir Stanley Rous, preceded Sepp Blatter). Also a member of the IOC Click to show or hide the answer
Dual Italian–Swiss national, elected in February 2016 to succeed Sepp Blatter as President of FIFA Click to show or hide the answer
Secretary of the Football League, 1978–89; Chief Executive of the FA, 1989–1998 – resigned over a loan scandal (later cleared) Click to show or hide the answer
England physio, sent home from the 2014 World Cup after dislocating his ankle while celebrating Daniel Sturridge's equaliser against Italy Click to show or hide the answer
Arsenal manager 1966–76, including the 'double' season of 1970–1 Click to show or hide the answer
Chairman of the FA, 1981–96 (died in 2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Tottenham manager 1958–74 – including the 'double' season of 1960–1, and 1962–3 when they became the first British club to win a major European trophy (Cup–Winners' Cup) Click to show or hide the answer
President of UEFA, 2007–2015: banned from all football–related activities for 8 years (later reduced to 4 years), in December 2015 (along with Sepp Blatter) over a $2 million payment made to him by FIFA in 2011 Click to show or hide the answer
Coach of the England women's football team, 1998–2013, and the Great Britain & Northern Ireland women's Olympic team (2012) Click to show or hide the answer
English manager of Sweden's national team, 1946–54 and 1956–8; took them to the World Cup final in 1958 (when they were the host nation; they lost the final 5–2 to Brazil); also led them to Olympic gold in 1948 Click to show or hide the answer
The only Englishman (up to and including 2020) to manage an FA Cup winning team, since Ruud Gullitt became the first overseas manager to do so in 1997 Click to show or hide the answer
Manager of Arsenal, immediately before Arsene Wenger Click to show or hide the answer
English President of FIFA, 1961–74: died in 1986, aged 91 Click to show or hide the answer
The last Englishman to manage an FA Cup winning team, before Ruud Gullitt became the first overseas manager to do so in 1997 – and as of 2021, still the last but one Click to show or hide the answer
Manager of the England women's team, 2013–17: sacked following evidence of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour towards female players in 2014, when he was manager at Bristol Academy Click to show or hide the answer
Only person to have managed Aston Villa (1974–82), Birmingham City (1982–6) and West Bromwich Albion (1986–7) Click to show or hide the answer
England trainer 1957–74, died 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
Manager who lead Celtic to victory in the European Cup (1967); appointed Scotland manager in 1978, he suffered a fatal heart attack in 1985, aged 62, at the end of a match against Wales in which Scotland secured a place in the World Cup play–offs thanks to an 81st–minute penalty Click to show or hide the answer
Manager of Sunderland when they won the FA Cup in 1973: fondly remembered for his jubilant run across the pitch at the end of the game, in mackintosh and trilby hat; now commemorated by a statue outside the Stadium of Light (also won a Cup winner's medal with Newcastle in 1955) Click to show or hide the answer
Controversial chairman (and majority shareholder) of Tottenham Hotspur FC, 1991–2001 Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to officiate in a Premiership game, 1997 (as referee's assistant) Click to show or hide the answer
Resigned as Welsh team manager after less than 50 days, 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
Aston Villa manager, 1990–1: the first overseas manager (i.e. not born in the British Isles) of an English top–flight team – he is from Slovakia, and holds a doctorate in Physical Education Click to show or hide the answer
First overseas–born manager to win English football's League and Cup double Click to show or hide the answer
The only English manager to win the English Championship in the 1990s Click to show or hide the answer

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