Terry Burton
TERRY
BURTON

After 12 years with Wimbledon, performing various duties at the club, Terry Burton was appointed permanent manager to replace sacked Norwegian, Egil Olsen.

Formerly assistant to Joe Kinnear, and then Academy Director with the Dons, Burton was placed in temporary charge when Olsen was dismissed in May 2000.

He was unable to save the Dons from relegation, which was almost certain by the time Olsen had gone, but was given the job full-time in the close-season and was eager to return the club to the top flight.

He knows Wimbledon FC inside out and is well respected by the players, some of whom he helped develop in The Dons' Youth teams.

He could not lift his team straight back into the Premiership but enjoyed a good run in the FA Cup in his first season in charge and was pleased with the development of the young players who were thrown into first team action.

Matters off the pitch caused Terry to consider his position at the club as chairman Charles Koppel pushed through a controversial plan to relocate Wimbledon FC to Milton Keynes.

Terry made it clear that he was not comfortable with the idea of the move, as did the majority of Dons fans, and he was sacked by the club towards the end of the 2001-02 season.

Although he was linked to a handful of managerial vacancies, Terry took up a role as assistant manager to new Watford boss Ray Lewington at the beginning of the 2002-03 season. Following hip surgery that summer, Terry took up his new position at the beginning of September as the Hornets looked to climb the First Division table.

Terry later held coaching positions at Cardiff, WBA and Sheffield Wednesday before it was announced he was to become Arsenal's new reserves & head development coach in July 2012.

At the end of the 2013/14 season, Burton then joined WBA to become the Club's new Technical Director.

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