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Adrian Heath
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Personal information
Full name Adrian Heath
Date of birth 11 January 1961 (1961-01-11) (age 49)
Place of birth Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Austin Aztex (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Stoke City 95 (16)
1982–1988 Everton 226 (71)
1988–1989 Espanyol 24 (1)
1989–1990 Aston Villa 9 (0)
1990–1992 Manchester City 75 (4)
1992 Stoke City 6 (0)
1992–1995 Burnley 115 (29)
1995–1996 Sheffield United 4 (0)
1996–1997 Burnley 5 (0)
Total 559 (121)
National team
1981–1983 England U21 8 (3)
Teams managed
1996–1997 Burnley
1999 Sheffield United
2005 Coventry City (caretaker)
2007 Coventry City (caretaker)
2008– Austin Aztex
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Adrian Heath (born 11 January 1961 in Newcastle-under-Lyme) is an English football manager and former player. He is currently manager of American team Austin Aztex. As a player he is best remembered as part of the successful Everton side of the 1980s.

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Playing career

Heath grew up supporting Stoke City and started his playing career at the club. He became a regular in the first team, making 95 appearances. Heath joined Everton in January 1982 for a then club record fee of £700,000. He become the club's top scorer in his first full season, scoring 18 in all competitions in the 1983–84 season. Despite the fact that Heath only played 17 games in the 1984–85 campaign, his scoring got into double figures every season until 1988.

A goal for which many fans remember Heath is credited with changing Everton's fortunes in the 1983–84 road to the League Cup Final at Oxford United. Grabbing a poor Kevin Brock back-pass, Heath scored a goal away at Oxford to equalize the match and earn Everton a chance to turn things around.

Heath then became something of a journeyman, with a spell in Spain with Espanyol. He later returned to England where he spent the remainder of his career, the most notable part being a three year stint at Burnley. In all, over £2 million was spent on fees for Heath during his career.

Managerial career

Heath began his managerial career as player-manager of Burnley in March 1996. He left after the 1996–97 season having finished ninth in the Second Division. Two years later he was appointed manager of Sheffield United but he left the club after only five months.

He also worked with former Everton team-mate Peter Reid at Sunderland, Leeds United and Coventry City. When Reid left Coventry in January 2005, Heath stepped in as caretaker. He remained at the club under Reid's successor Micky Adams and again acted as caretaker in January 2007 before leaving the club after Iain Dowie was appointed.[1][2]

Heath was appointed manager of USL-1 expansion team Austin Aztex in February 2008.[3] Austin Aztex have a close relationship with English side Stoke City, where Heath started his career.

Honours

with Everton

Football League Division One (now Premier League)

  • Winner - 1984-85, 1986-87

FA Cup

  • Winner - 1984
  • Runner-up -1989

Football League Cup

  • Runner-up - 1984

Charity Shield

  • Winner - 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

European Cup Winners Cup

  • Winner - 1985

with Burnley

Football League Second Division playoffs

  • Winner - 1994

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Sporting positions
New creation Austin Aztex head coach
2008–
Incumbent
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