Aidy Boothroyd

Aidy Boothroyd


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Adrian Neil "Aidy" Boothroyd (born 8 February 1971 in Baildon, West Yorkshire) is an English former footballer and is currently unemployed after being sacked as manager of Coventry City on March 14, 2011. He was manager of Watford of the Championship until 3 November 2008. At the time of his departure, he was the youngest and the second longest serving manager in the division.

Playing career

As a player Boothroyd was a lower division full back, who played for Huddersfield Town, Bristol Rovers, Hearts, Mansfield Town and Peterborough United. His playing career ended at the premature age of 26 due to injury.

He started as a youth team player at Huddersfield and made his first team debut for the club in 1989. He played 10 league matches before moving on to Bristol Rovers in 1990, where he played 16 games. After a short spell at Hearts, he signed for Mansfield Town, where he played 102 matches, scoring 3 goals in the process. He left the club in 1996 to play for Peterborough. Boothroyd unfortunately picked up a career ending injury after playing 26 games and scoring a single goal. He retired from the game in 1998.

Coaching career

After ending his playing career at Peterborough United, Boothroyd was appointed coach of the Under 17, Under 19 and reserve teams at the club. His tactical nous and drive impressed, and he left Peterborough in 2001 to join Norwich City as their youth team coach under Nigel Worthington. After two years at Carrow Road, Boothroyd assumed the...
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