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Kevin Blackwell

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Born 21 Dec 1958, Luton (England)
In Charge 10 May 2004 - 20 Sep 2006
Honours Won

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Kevin Blackwell had a long career as a player, keeping goal in the lower divisions for Barnet, Scarborough, Notts County, Torquay, Huddersfield, Plymouth, Bury, Sheffield United and Boston - for whom he saved a penalty in the FA Trophy Final.

As a coach he worked with Neil Warnock who he first encountered at Scarborough, making his reputation at Bramall Lane as an under-resourced team of apparent journeymen and young players showed their fitness and superior tactics both in the league and the cup, with two notable victories over Terry Venables' Leeds United side.

Peter Reid invited him to come to Elland Road in summer 2003, and he worked as a coach first under Reid, then under caretaker boss Eddie Gray as the club slid down the Premier League and into the drop zone with a demoralised and unfit squad inherited from Venables and which Reid failed to reshape with an influx of loan signings. When relegation was finally confirmed, Gray stepped down and Blackwell picked up the reigns for the final game of the 2003-04 season at Stamford Bridge.

He looked set to be offered the job in May, but with the club apparently on the brink of a takeover, he was humiliatingly told to wait and see when the press had been briefed and were ready to see him unveiled as the new boss. But when the takeover attempt became the latest of many to stumble at the final hurdle, Blackwell's appointment was rushed through to try to get some positive spin on the news on the day that Alan Smith was sold to Manchester United.

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