Terry Yorath
TERRY
YORATH

Terry Yorath made a welcome return to management with Sheffield Wednesday in November 2001 having worked as assistant to his predecessor in the post, Peter Shreeves.

Yorath had taken charge of team affairs following Shreeves' dismissal in October and was initially given the job of guiding The Owls to First Division safety with a contract taking him to the end of the 2001/2002 season.

Having fulfilled his remit, with Wednesday avoiding relegation by one point, the board at Hillsborough rewarded Yorath with a two-year contract to continue in his position as manager of the team. caretaker manager officially appointed as the full-time replacement for the ex-Spurs boss on November 15 2001.

Born in 1950, the Welshman made his name as a midfielder in Leeds United's massively successful sides of the 1970s. Having started out as an apprentice in 1967, he only played 120 games in nine seasons with the Elland Road club but his time there took in the 1973 European Cup Winners' Cup final against AC Milan and the 1975 European Cup final against Bayern Munich.

Leeds lost both games but Yorath won a League Championship medal in the 1973-74 season with 23 appearances in the team and two goals. His distinguished international career took in a total of 59 appearances for the Wales national team.

He moved to Coventry City and Tottenham Hotspur after his time at Leeds United and, after further spells at Bradford City and NASL side Vancouver Whitecaps, he embarked on a coaching career.

He was the manager of Swansea City from 1986 to 1989 and also managed Bradford City and Cardiff City.

He is known by most for his spell as manager of the Wales national team from 1988 to 1993, taking charge of 41 matches in that time and coming close to qualification for major international tournaments without enjoying ultimate success. He also made a temporary return to the Vetch Field in 1991.

After his spell as Wales manager controversially ended at the end of 1993, Terry returned to manage Cardiff City, leaving once again in 1995. He spent some time as the manager of the Lebanese national side and since then, has worked as assistant manager and coach at Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday.

His return to management with The Owls, after a reasonably successful period as caretaker boss, was welcomed by many in the game as he has become a highly respected and well-liked figure, with his daughter Gabby having made her own name on ITV as a football presenter.

Yorath was joined at Hillsborough by Willie Donachie, who left Manchester City to become his assistant.

With finances at Wednesday extremely limited, Yorath has a difficult task ahead of him as he attempts to halt the slide of this proud club with a long and successful history.

Having preserved The Owls First Division status, just as Shreeves had done the season before, Yorath was hoping to avoid a third straight season of struggle for the club.

However, the 2002-03 campaign began disastrously as The Owls managed just two victories from their first 16 games. With 12 points they occupied 22nd position in the First Division table and, following their fifth league defeat in six games - at home to Millwall - Yorath resigned, on October 31, 2002.

 

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