Terry Venables

Terry Venables is one of the managerial greats, achieving success at both club and international level.

Venables made a surprise return to management in July 2002 with Leeds United, succeeding David O'Leary at Elland Road. He was tempted back into the game, and out of his role as a television football pundit, by the prospect of working with a squad who just two years earlier had reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Prior to taking the Leeds job, the experienced manager had only been involved in the English Premier League for six months having been drafted in as head coach to help Bryan Robson keep Middlesbrough in the top flight in the 2000/2001 season. Terry had formed a largely successful partnership with Bryan Robson in the mid-nineties when the pair worked together at England level, and it was this experience that led to the 'Boro boss bringing him in to The Riverside to undertake, and accomplish, a rescue mission.

It had been England's Euro '96 performance that had earned Venables national acclaim, but he walked away at the end of the tournament to fight a legal battle surrounding his business interests. Terry built his coaching reputation in his early spells with Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers, having played for both clubs in the latter part of a career that saw him earn honours at every single level for England.

Having retired as a player, Terry took on the manager's job at Selhurst Park - taking over from Malcolm Allison - and guided the club into the top flight, as champions of Division Two, in the 1978-79 season. He then returned to take charge at QPR, and took the Superhoops to the FA Cup final in 1982, and to the Second Division title the following season. His success in charge of the two London clubs attracted the interest of a number of others, in England and Europe, and in 1984 Terry became the manager of Spanish giants Barcelona, earning him the nickname 'El Tel'. Taking some of Britain's best players to Catalonia during his three-year spell in Spain - such as Mark Hughes, Gary Lineker and Steve Archibald - Terry managed to win the Spanish League title in 1985 and the League Cup the following season, when Barça lost in the European Cup final - beaten by Steaua Bucharest on penalties.

Terry returned to London in 1987 to manage another former club, Tottenham Hotspur. With Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne in the side, he led Spurs to glory in the FA Cup where - despite Gazza's infamous self-induced injury - they beat Nottingham Forest at Wembley in 1991. A falling-out with the then Spurs chairman Alan Sugar led to Terry's departure from White Hart Lane just a month after the FA Cup triumph, and it was with England, three years later, that he returned to management - becoming President of the LMA.

Terry's style seemed perfectly suited to international management. Riding the crest of a patriotic wave on home soil, England went all the way to the semi-finals of the Euro '96 tournament. Having beaten Holland 4-1 in the opening phase - commonly regarded as one of the greatest England performances of modern times - and auld enemies Scotland, they went on to beat Spain on penalties before losing the same way to Germany, who went on to win the final.

Spells at Portsmouth and Crystal Palace followed for Terry, as well as a short period in charge of the Australian national team, who were desperately unlucky not to qualify for their first World Cup in 1998 under 'El Tel'. It was two years later when Terry first tasted life in the FA Carling Premiership, very much at the sharp end, with Middlesbrough. His remit was to save the club from another quick return to Division One, and once more he was ultimately successful. Terry decided his business interests and media work could not allow him the time to take up a permanent role on Teesside, and he continued to work as a pundit on ITV; seen particularly during the 2002 World Cup.

Venables was then appointed manager of Leeds United on July 8, 2002.  After his spell at Leeds, Venables returned to the international scene with England assisting Steve McClaren.

His playing career began at Chelsea, where, having come up through the junior ranks, he made over 200 appearances in midfield and helped the Blues to victory in the 1965 League Cup. After six seasons at Stamford Bridge, Terry moved to North London and Tottenham, where he spent three years before moving back west to join QPR, and then south to join Palace.

Honours (6)
  • personal-awards
    • Middlesbrough:
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2001-01-01)
    • FC Barcelona:
      • Coach of the Year [World Soccer Magazine], (1984-12-01)
  • domestic-trophies
    • Tottenham Hotspur:
      • FA Cup Winners, (1991-05-18)
  • league-titles
    • FC Barcelona:
      • La Liga, (1985-04-21)
    • Queens Park Rangers:
      • Football League Division Two Champions, (1983-05-30)
    • Crystal Palace:
      • Football League Division Two Champions, (1979-05-30)
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