Keith downing

Keith Downing
Personal information
Full nameKeith Gordon Downing
Date of birth (1965-07-23) 23 July 1965 (age 48)
Place of birthOldbury, West Midlands, England
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1983–1984Mile Oak Rovers
1984–1987Notts County23(1)
1987–1993Wolverhampton Wanderers191(8)
1993–1994Birmingham City1(0)
1994–1995Stoke City16(0)
1995Cardiff City4(0)
1995–1999Hereford United59(1)
Teams managed
2007–2008Cheltenham Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Keith Gordon Downing (born 23 July 1965 in Oldbury, West Midlands) is an English former footballer. He made the vast majority of his appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he was nicknamed "Psycho" for his robust style playing in central midfield.

Playing career

Downing began his professional career in 1984 at Notts County, after a spell at Mile Oak Rovers, before moving to Wolves in 1987. At Wolves he played over 200 league and cup games, scoring 11 goals in total, and helping the team to two successive promotions in the late 1980s.

In 1993 Downing moved to Birmingham City, but managed only one league game, before leaving for Stoke City and later Cardiff City. He ended his playing career at Hereford United, becoming player-coach in 1998 and subsequently returned to Wolves as a youth team coach.

Management career

He joined Cheltenham Town as assistant manager in the summer of 2004, working alongside manager John Ward, who he had met through his time at Wolves where Ward had been assistant manager. When Ward left the club to join Carlisle United in October 2007, Downing stepped in as caretaker manager, before being given the position on a full-time basis on 2 November 2007. He left the club by mutual consent on 13 September 2008.[1]

In February 2009, he was appointed assistant manager at League Two Port Vale.[2] This was a temporary appointment to help manager Dean Glover, both men left the club on 2 May 2009.[3]

In July 2009, Downing was appointed the academy coach at West Bromwich Albion.[4]

Downing is currently Assistant Manager at West Bromwich Albion.

Personal life

Downing married in 1993, and has two sons from that marriage,One of the sons named Tom Downing . He has also spent time in a punk rock band. He has an interest in criminology and history, specifically the history of World War II.[5]

Statistics

Managerial statistics

As of 1 April 2009.[6]
Team Nat From To Record[7]
G W L D Win %[8]
Cheltenham Town England 26 September 2007 5 November 2008 50 14 12 24 28.00

References

External links

  • Soccerbase


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