Ray Lewington

Ray Lewington joined England's coaching staff on a full-time basis, signing a four-year deal on July 6, 2012.

He began in the game playing for Chelsea before moves to Vancouver Whitecaps (Canada), Wimbledon, Fulham and a short spell at Sheffield United. It was whilst at Fulham that he took his first steps into management when in 1986 he was player/manager for the club over a period of 4 years during his second spell as the club. He took over the Cottagers following their relegation to the old Division Three. It was a tough initiation, as on a tight budget imposed on him, he was unable to lift the club and they flirted with relegation. It was a time of great pressure off the pitch as the club suffered two takeovers in quick succession and the suggestion of a merger with another club.

Times were tough over the next two seasons, but 1988/89 Lewington guided the club to the play-offs, but by June 1990 he stepped down to become Alan Dicks Assistant. Two further spells as caretaker manager followed before a move to Crystal Palace as a coach. That was his first contact with Ron Noades who was the owner of Palace, and who famously went on to own Brentford becoming the first Chairman-manager. Noades then brought Lewington across London to join him at the Bees installing him as first coach, and then his direct replacement.

His next move was to become reserve team manager at Gianluca Vialli's Watford in 2001. Committed to his job, he eventually took over when Vialli was dismissed. After a month of speculation, he was given the job permanently, handing him his third full-time managerial post at the age of 45. However, in a reminder of his time at Fulham, the whole League took a massive financial hit following the collapse of ITV Digital which when married to the impact of Watford's high spending reign meant little or no resources. Despite this, Lewington guided the club to two middle table finishes and two cup semi-finals (a 2-0 loss to Southampton in the FA Cup in 2003 and a 2-0 loss (over two legs) to Liverpool in the League Cup in 2005).

He then went full circle working back at his beloved Fulham, where he has spent over 10 seasons (on and off) and made over 270 appearances for The Cottagers.

He enjoyed recent success with the club, working as Roy Hodgson's assistant. In the 2008–09 season, Fulham finished in seventh place in the Barclays Premier League which was the side's highest ever finish. This achievement resulted in qualification for the new UEFA Europa League.

In 2009/10, another quite remarkable season followed. Fulham's 64th and final game of the season was the club's first ever experience of a European Cup Final.

Hodgson would later manage Liverpool and WBA before he was appointed England manager and prior to joining The FA, Lewington was first team coach at Fulham working with Martin Jol.

Honours (1)
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    • Watford:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2002-10-01)
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