David Platt
David
Platt

David Platt joined confirmed as Manchester City's first team coach on July 2, 2010.

Platt entered management with Sampdoria in the Serie A. He later became the manager of Nottingham Forest before he was appointed England's under-21s coach after Howard Wilkinson stepped down from the post to concentrate on his duties as the FA's Technical Director.

Platt can certainly claim to be one of the biggest names to emerge from British Football in the 1990s. Not only has he enjoyed great success as an international footballer with England but has also made his mark in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of Italy's Serie A with Bari, Juventus and Sampdoria. It wasn't always easy for the hard-running and stylish midfielder.

As a youngster, he was released by Manchester United but then rose to prominence with Crewe and, in the process, clinched a move to Aston Villa.

His career really took off at Villa Park and before too long he was established as an England international - he was a key figure in the 1990 World Cup campaign and went on to earn 62 caps.

After his successful spell in Italy, he returned to England to join Arsenal and played a significant part in their 1998 double success. At that point he announced his retirement from playing and decided to concentrate all his efforts on coaching.

He became involved with England's youth squads and also returned to one of his further clubs, Sampdoria, to take over as "Overall Supervisor."

Platt then began to build a Forest team capable of challenging for promotion back to the Premiership before joining The FA.

Prompted by the arrival of his former Sampdoria manager Sven-Goran Eriksson as England's national Coach, Platt was given the opportunity to renew his association with the FA. He resigned from Forest to become coach of the under-21s, charged with the task of helping to mould the England team of the future under the guidance of Eriksson and the man he replaced in the U-21s post Howard Wilkinson.

His latest role sees Platt return to club level at Eastlands.

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