Bill Dearden

Billy Dearden was most recently the manager of Mansfield Town.

He has previously managed Notts County where he enjoyed success at Meadow Lane.

Billy had accepted the invitation to become the new man in charge of the famous old club and took up his post at Meadow Lane in January 2002, a day after resigning from Mansfield Town, who were flying high in Division Three.

He replaced Gary Brazil as Magpies manager with his predecessor continuing at the Club as coach and Director of Youth Football.

Bill started his playing career at Oldham Athletic part-time and in 1964 at the age of 21, he began playing full-time. He left Oldham in 1966 and went to Crewe Alexandra and during that time the club gained promotion from the Fourth to the Third Division.

18 months later he signed for Chester City but his big break came in 1970 when he signed for Sheffield United and played there for 6 years. In 1976 due to bad knee injuries he left The Blades and went back to Chester. In his time at Bramall Lane Bill played over 160 games and scored 70 goals.

He continued at Chester City for 12 months but when Arthur Cox left to go to Chesterfield, Bill followed and became player/coach at Saltergate before being appointed Assistant Manager in 1981. He stayed at Chesterfield until 1983 when he left to join Mansfield Town where he was later offered the post of First Team Coach. In the time he was at Mansfield they gained promotion and also won the Freight Rover Cup. He left the club in 1994 and went to take a position at Port Vale as Assistant Manager to John Rudge.

In June 1999 he was invited to return to Field Mill and was offered the job as Mansfield Town Manager, which he duly accepted, replacing Steve Parkin who went on to manage Rochdale, then Barnsley.

The Stags remained in a healthy position in Division Three without challenging for promotion until the 2001/2002 season when Dearden led the team to third place prior to his departure, giving them an excellent chance, with half the season remaining to jump to Division Two.

Having left to join Notts County though, Dearden's priority changed from attempting to take his team into Division Two to keeping his new team in it. The Magpies occupied 21st position in the table on his arrival and seemed destined to battle relegation for the remaining four months of the season, giving the new manager the immediate aim of securing their Second Division future.

His first game saw a 2-0 triumph at Camrbridge United but eight defeats in their next nine games put The Magpies in deep trouble and they looked certain to be relegated.

However, a home draw with Colchester United preceded a run of five wins from their last six games as they completed a remarkable escape with victory over Huddersfield Town on the final day of the season.

A few months after that, the club went into administration, meaning the manager could not bring any new players into the squad.

Despite the difficult circumstances, Billy was able to keep County in Division Two once again, as they finished the season in 15th following another late run of form.

Another relegation battle seemed inevitable in this campaign after the club survived, but only just, the threat of extinction.

After managing Notts County he later managed Mansfield Town before he joined Blackpool as Chief Scout.

Success soon followed for the club as they were promoted to the Barclays Premier League in 2009/10.

Honours (1)
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    • Notts County:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2002-03-01)
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