Howard Wilkinson factfile

The life and times of Howard Wilkinson.

1943: Born November 13, Sheffield

1964: Signs for Sheffield Wednesday (22 appearances/three goals)

1966: Brighton & Hove Albion (129/19)

1971: Joins Boston United as player.

1972: Succeeds Jim Smith as manager of Boston and guides them to two successive titles; later takes charge at Mossley before becoming a Football Association staff coach.

1981: Appointed team boss and assistant manager to Jimmy Sirrel at Notts County.

1982: County win promotion to Division One; becomes manager of Notts County.

1983: Becomes manager of Sheffield Wednesday.

1984: Steers Wednesday to promotion from Division Two, finishing second behind Chelsea.

1988: Succeeds Billy Bremner as Leeds manager in October.

1990: Takes Leeds to Division Two championship.

1992: Takes Leeds to First Division championship in final season before creation of Premiership.

1996: Leeds beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa in the Coca-Cola Cup final; sacked as manager of Leeds 48 hours after a 4-0 home defeat by Manchester United.

1997: Appointed technical director by the Football Association.

1998: Made England caretaker coach following the sacking of Glenn Hoddle. After only eight days in charge and with a depleted side, watches France beat his team at Wembley 2-0.

Takes over the England Under-21s after Kevin Keegan is appointed England head coach.

2000: Appointed for second spell as caretaker coach of the full national side in October after Keegan resigns following the 1-0 defeat by Germany in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Leads the senior team to goalless draw in the World Cup qualifier against Finland in Helsinki before returning to manage Under-21s after Sven-Goran Eriksson’s appointment as senior coach.

2001: Steps down as manager of the Under-21s to be replaced by David Platt but continues as FA technical director.

2002, October 10: Leaves FA post and is appointed new manager of Sunderland following sacking of Peter Reid, with Steve Cotterill as his assistant.

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