John Gregory

John Gregory was most recently manager of Crawley Town but stepped down in December 2014 for health reasons.

Gregory has managed in the Premier League and Europe during a ten-club career as a boss.

Gregory, who played in the top flight as a stylish midfielder, opened with short spells in charge of Portsmouth and Plymouth before reverting to the training ground. He worked under Brian Little at both Leicester and Aston Villa ahead of moving back into management at Wycombe Wanderers.

John inherited a team facing a drop into the basement division but lifted them from bottom place to mid-table. His emergence was spotted by Villa - where he had been a player - and he was unveiled as a Premier League manager in February, 1998.

Gregory brought an immediate uplift to Villa Park, qualifying the club for the UEFA Cup. They proceeded to finish sixth in his first full season and reached the FA Cup final in his second.

With Villa, he also became the first manager to parade an all-English starting eleven in the Premier League.

Gregory then managed two of his former teams, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers. He kept Rangers in the Championship after taking over a side in bottom place.

He moved to Israel in 2009 to join Maccabi Ahi Nazareth before moving to FC Ashdod.
More recently he was the manager of FC Kairat who play in Kazakhstan's biggest city Almaty.

As a player, John moved on from a teenage start with Northampton to Villa where he appeared in every outfield position - completing the full set from numbers 2 to 11 - during his two seasons.

Later, after a stint with Brighton, he was part of a Terry Venables side at QPR which won through to the 1982 FA Cup final and played in Europe.

Honours (1)
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    • Aston Villa:
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2001-09-01)
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