Colin Addison

Colin Addison is an extremely experienced manager, having worked for a number of clubs domestically as well as overseas in Holland, Spain, Qatar, South Africa and Kuwait.

Addison's playing career took him to five clubs over 14 years. He began with York City, where he scored 28 goals in 87 appearances. The early 1960s saw Addison move to Nottingham Forest, where his rate of goalscoring was impressive over the five seasons he spent with the club. He managed to score 62 goals in 160 appearances for Forest before moving to Arsenal and making 27 appearances with nine goals scored. He spent the rest of his playing career with Sheffield United and Hereford United, with a total career tally of 390 games and 122 goals.

His managerial career began while he was at Hereford, when he was made player-manager before he decided to concentrate on full-time management. He remained at Hereford for three seasons before he embarked on a career odyssey that has taken in a wildly varied set of experiences at home and abroad.

After leaving Hereford in 1974, he spent a season as the manager of South African side Durban City before returning to England where he was the assistant manager of Notts County before another spell spent managing outside England. This time it was a two-year spell as manager of Newport County. He won promotion and, via the Welsh spot in the European Cup Winners Cup, he took the club to the quarter-finals. After these achievements, he was invited by Ron Atkinson to be the assistant manager at West Bromwich Albion at a time when the Baggies had one of their best teams ever.

From Albion came the next move, when Colin was asked to become the manager of Derby County, where he stayed from 1980 to 1982. A return to Newport County followed, with Colin spending three years at the Welsh club until he again went abroad, this time to Quatari club El Ali, where he remained for one season.

After this brief stop in the Middle East, Spain's Celta Vigo were the next side to benefit from Addison's growing experience, as he took them out of Spain's second division into the Primera Liga. Despite his achievements, he returned to West Brom in 1987 and spent another season there before he was invited to be assistant manager to Ron Atkinson again. This time, it was in the slightly sunnier climate of the Spanish capital that was to provide the backdrop for the duo, to manage Athletico Madrid. Bizarrely, Atkinson was dismissed by the Athletico Madrid owner Jesus Gil despite putting together a run that saved the Madrid club from relegation.

Addison took over as head coach for a brief period before moving to Cadiz for a season. Spells at Kuwait's Al Arabi and another spell in Spain with Badajoz followed before he returned to the UK spend the latter part of the 1990s managing Merthyr Tydfil, Scarborough and Yeovil Town. He resigned from the Merthyr Tydfil job after financial difficulties hampered an otherwise successful spell. His spell with Scarborough was brief after he was brought in to see if the North Yorkshire club could avoid relegation from the Nationwide League but the time he was given was too tight to avoid the club losing it's league status.

Resigning his position at the club a month after relegation, Addison was given the opportunity with non-league Yeovil Town in October 2000. Despite an excellent season the club were denied promotion during the last couple of games of the season, losing out to Rushden & Diamonds. Addison resigned his position the day after the last game of the season.

Despite knocking Colchester United and Blackpool out of the FA Cup and missing out on promotion to the Nationwide League after a battle to the last day of the campaign against Brian Talbot's Rushden and Diamonds side, Colin left the club when public criticism of him from the Yeovil chairman John Fry pushed him to the point of resignation after a season when his achievements deserved nothing but praise.

He was most recently in charge of Barry Town, following brief spells at Swansea and Forest Green.

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