Ian Atkins joined Everton in the summer of 2012 to Head their European scouting network after performing a similar role for Sunderland.
Ian began his career with Shrewsbury Town in 1973, winning a Third Division Championship medal, a Fourth Division Runners up medal, and two Welsh Cup Winners Medals in the late 70's.
Joining First Division Sunderland in 1981 and spending three very successful years there, being the only player in Sunderland's history to win all the player of the year award in 1981/82, as well as finishing runners up to Kevin Keegan as North East player of the year.
Transferred in October 1984 for 100,000 to Everton, he was part of the successful team of that year winning a First Division Championship Medal, European Cup Winners Cup Winners Medal, Charity Shield Winners Medal and an F.A Cup Finalist spending 18 months at Goodison Park. In 1986 transferred to Ipswich Town for a further 100,000, he spent three Years at Portman Road being in the first ever play-off finals, against Charlton Athletic, and was also was voted Player of the Year in 1987. He joined home town club Birmingham City in 1989, captaining the club as he did at Sunderland, and Ipswich Town, before at the age of 32 deciding to go into the managerial and coaching side of the industry.
In 1990 he took up his first managerial position at Colchester United in the Vauxhall Conference taking them back to the Football League, before rejoining Birmingham City in 1991 as Assistant Manager to Terry Cooper. Another very successful year ended with Birmingham City being promoted to Division Two as Runners-Up with Ian, also coaching the team as well as playing. With Birmingham City Top of Division Two the club unfortunately went into administration before moving on to a short spell as Player/Manager at Cambridge United. into the managerial and coaching side of the industry.
He joined Sunderland as Assistant Manager to Terry Butcher in 1993 before being offered the managerial position at Northampton Town in 1995. Taking Northampton from 2nd from bottom of Division Three, to Two Wembley Play off Finals, beating Swansea City in 1996 / 97 to win Promotion to Division Two, and the following season playing Grimsby Town. Also, the reserve team won the Capital Optium League for the first time in there 100 year history, as well as developing and selling nearly One Million Pounds worth of talent. into the managerial and coaching side of the industry.
A brief spell at Carlisle United followed a club beset with ownership problems, and a spell at Cardiff City as assistant manager to Alan Cork who won promotion to the Championship via the Play offs, before being invited to join Oxford United in 2001.Taking over with Oxford Fourth from bottom of the Second Division in Two Years he transformed the club in a Promotion chasing team, while developing and selling nearly Two Million Pounds worth of young talent.into the managerial and coaching side of the industry.
Bristol Rovers paid compensation for his services in 2003 with them heading for the Vauxhall Conference, he managed to keep them up, and in the 2004/05 season they finished in there highest position for years, also reaching the Area Final of the LDV Cup, and also developing and selling Scott Sinclair to Chelsea for nearly a Million Pounds before leaving in September 2005 over a contractual dispute. into the managerial and coaching side of the industry.
A career spanning over 30 years including over 600 league appearances playing, managing and coaching in all five senior leagues in England, Ian is a fully qualified UEFA Pro License coach, with also a football management course diploma.
He also experience of working for the English and Canadian F.A's. He has playing and managing career full of honours, with players developed and sold to the total of approximately 10million pounds. Ian is known for his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game, into the managerial and coaching side of the industry.
He is currently enrolled in the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.