Russell Osman

Russell Osman joined Terry Butcher's coaching staff as Assistant Manager at Newport County on 30th April 2015.

Bristol Rovers appointed Russell Osman and Kevan Broadhurst as caretaker managers until the end of the season on Monday 22nd March 2004 following the departure of Ray Graydon. But the two men were only in charge for just over a month as former Oxford United boss Ian Atkins was appointed to the post on April 26th.

It was Osman's third managerial post - having formerly been a player-manager at Bristol City between 1993 and 1994 and then a manager at Cardiff City from November 1996 until January 1998.

Russell Osman was born in Repton, Derbyshire on the 14th February 1959.

He joined Ipswich as an apprentice in March 1976 at the age of 17. He signed for the club and remained with them for nine years, during which time he played under Bobby Robson and earned 11 England caps. Osman made 294 appearances in total for Ipswich and scored 21 goals, helping them to success in the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981, as well as two runners-up spots in Division One.

The defender then moved to Leicester in the summer of 1985 for the sum of £240,000. When Leicester were relegated to the Second division he was snapped up by Southampton manager Chris Nicholl for a fee of £325,000 in the summer of 1988.

Having been a centre-half himself, Nicholl knew a thing or two about what made a good defender and recognised quality in Osman. Osman first partnered Kevin Moore and then Neil Ruddock in the centre of defence for the Saints.

Osman was a firm favourite with the Saints fans and in his second season he helped his side to a memorable seventh-placed finish. That Southampton team also contained the likes of Rod Wallace, Matt Le Tissier and Alan Shearer.

Osman moved to Brisol City a season later, in 1991, but never recaptured the best of his form. He moved twice more as a player to complete short spells at both Plymouth and Brighton before moving into management.

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