Steve Bleasdale

Steve Bleasdale

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Steve Bleasdale is a Liverpool-born football coach. He has managed Bangor City, Leigh Genesis and Football League side Peterborough United and twice been assistant manager at Chester City.

Early years

Before entering management at Peterborough United, he was assistant manager to Mark Wright at Chester City when they won promotion from the Nationwide Conference in 2003-04. He was brought to the Posh again by Wright when he was appointed manager in the close season of 2005, after a spell as manager of Leigh RMI during the 2004–05 season.

Managerial career

Peterborough United and 'Big Ron Manager'

After an excellent start, winning five of his first seven games in charge, the club suffered a downturn in form with just one win in seven games. He quit just an hour before Posh's game with Macclesfield Town, claiming that others had been interfering with the team, in particular Ron Atkinson who had been brought to the club in a "Football Troubleshooting" capacity by Sky Television who were making a documentary for their channel Sky One called Big Ron Manager. As a manager, Steve favoured the long-ball game and tried to ensure his players would not be afraid to get stuck into the opposition when needs be. As Steve himself famously says "When it's a battle, you fucking battle!"

After resigning, Bleasdale tried to regain his job by withdrawing his resignation but Director Of Football Barry Fry refused to have him back at Peterborough. The two then...
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