Andy King

Born in August 1956, in Luton, King made his name as a lively midfielder having joined his home town club in 1974. His next stop was Everton, the club with which most people associate him, who he signed for in 1976 for £35,000.

He made 150 appearances for The Toffees, scoring an impressive 38 goals in four seasons at Goodison before joining QPR.

One season with the Superhoops was followed by another at West Bromich Albion before a return to Everton for the 1982-83 season, where Andy played a further 43 games and added another 11 goals to his tally for the Toffees.

A short period with Dutch side Cambuur followed, before Andy returned to England with Wolves, for whom he played 28 times scoring 10 goals.

A very brief spell back at Luton in 1985 (just three appearances) precedeed Andy's final move as a player when he joined Aldershot and notched 11 goals in 36 games for the Hampshire side.

Having retired as a player, he turned to coaching, and was given his first managerial appointment at Mansfield Town in 1993 following George Foster's departure.

Having been relegated from Division Two, Mansfield were low on confidence but King managed to steer them to a mid-table finish in his first season at the helm.

The following season saw The Stags in with a chance of promotion back to the Second Division, having finished in 6th place in the table, but they were beaten in the play-off semi-finals by John Duncan's Chesterfield.

Andy then spent some time out of management but was still involved in the game, and was working with former Everton team-mate Peter Reid at Premier League club Sunderland as a scout when Colin Todd took him to Swindon as his assistant manager in the summer of 2000.

When Todd got the call from Jim Smith to be his assistant at Derby County, King was given the opportunity to impress chairman Terry Brady, and after four games in charge he was given the job full-time, on November 6, 2000.

Swindon struggled to keep themselves out of the relegation zone for most of the season but a win over Peterborough in the penultimate game of their league campaign, coupled with Bristol Rovers loss to Wycombe, ensured their Second Division survival.

The great escape act was not enough to ensure Andy King's survival however. Despite his efforts in keeping The Robins up he was replaced at the County Ground by former Liverpool boss Roy Evans in June 2001.

But he was not gone for long. Evans left the club before the end of the year, after new owners arrived at the County Ground, and Andy King - who had taken legal action against Swindon with regard to his dimsmissal - was reinstated as manager on December 20 2001.

King's second spell with Swindon has proved more fruitful. In the following two seasons the manager was able to mould his side into a team capable of challenging for promotion. Built around an enterprising midfield who create plenty of chances for the front pairing of either Sam Parkin and Jon Stevenson, or more frequently Parkin and Tommy Mooney in 2004, The Robins are enjoying greater success.

With the half a season that Andy King had left in 2001, the manager steered his team to a 13th place finish. In the 2002/2003 season King improved on that to finish 10th. The signs for the 2003/2004 campaign are encouraging; King has managed to help the Robins find a good deal of consistency. An eleven match unbeaten run spanning the end of December to early March put Swindon in the hunt for an automatic promotion spot and earned their boss the Tissot League Third Quarter award.

King was the best performing manager of 2004 from the Premier League and Football League up to March 8th, delivering better results than even Arsene Wenger.

From January 1st to March 8th 2004, Swindon won eight and drew two of their ten matches, taking them into the play-off places in Division Two.

After Swindon, King later managed Grays Athletic before entering a number scouting roles. In November 2011, he was then confirmed as the new assistant manager of Northampton Town to Aidy Boothroyd. He then took caretaker charge of the club for a short period after Boothroyd's departure during the 2013/14 season.

Honours (1)
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    • Swindon Town:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2005-02-01)
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