Kevin took over the managerial position at Gay Meadow in November 1999 following the departure of Jake King. His appointment at the Shropshire club was his second stint in league management.
His first spell in the hot-seat came with Chester City where he spent four years having signed originally for the club as a player in 1994, working as a coach before taking charge of the team.
He left the Deva Stadium in August 1999 and the following season the club was relegated from the Football League.
Kevin spent nearly twenty years as a professional player and was widely recognised as one of the best defenders in the 1980s. During his time at Everton which spanned nearly 14 years, he won 56 full caps for Wales, also representing his country at Under-21, Youth and Schoolboy levels. Under Howard Kendall, Ratcliffe captained Everton, helping The Toffees to two League Championships, the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup in the most successful period in their history.
After a loan spell with Dundee, his days playing for the Toffeemen came to an end and he signed for Cardiff City in August 1993. Cardiff won the 3rd Division Championship that season but he left in the summer to join Nottingham Forest. With no games under his belt he left for a brief spell with Derby County but was released so that he could join Chester City as a player in the summer of 1994. He played for most of the next season before being appointed as Manager and then hanging up his boots.
At Shrewsbury he guided the Blues to safety in the 1999/2000 season when a 2-1 win over Exeter on the last day of the season ensured his team's survival and ironically condemned his former club Chester to demotion from the League.
In January 2003, Ratcliffe led Shrewsbury to a FA Cup third round victory over his old club Everton. Ratcliffe and Shrewsbury parted company in April 2003.