24 Nov 2021


The LMA is deeply saddened to learn of the death of member Frank Burrows at the age of 77. Frank passed away last night following dementia complications. 

Frank’s first spell in management was with Portsmouth, having previously served as the club's assistant manager. He enjoyed great success at Fratton Park, winning promotion from the fourth division in May 1980.

A spell at Sunderland followed, before he was appointed manager at Cardiff City in May 1986. Frank achieved further success as he guided the club to promotion in the 1987–88 season, and later that year he returned to Portsmouth to assist John Gregory, before becoming manager in 1990.

Frank moved to Swansea City in March 1991 and then worked with Harry Redknapp at West Ham before returning to Cardiff City as manager in February 1998. Under Frank, The Bluebirds again won promotion in the 1998–99 season.

He became assistant manager to Gary Megson at West Bromwich Albion in 2000 and helped the club win promotion to the Premier League on two separate occasions. After a spell at West Brom as caretaker manager following Gary’s departure, he later rejoined Gary at Leicester City.

Paying tribute to Frank, LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Frank will be very much missed by all who knew him, and particularly by those who had the good fortune to work alongside him and share in his significant successes. His commitment to the game never wavered and that was borne out in his support for the clubs he knew and loved way beyond his playing years. Our thoughts are with Frank’s family and friends and this very sad time.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “When Frank entered football management, he quickly built on the status he had achieved at the clubs he played for, in particular at Swindon Town where he earned legendary status. Frank’s down-to-earth nature and passionate demeanour was widely respected across the game. Our sincere condolences go to Frank’s wife Wendy, his children Derek, Lorna and Chris, and all of his family and friends at such a sad time.”