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Brian Kidd
Personal information
Full name Brian Kidd
Date of birth 29 May 1949 (1949-05-29) (age 60)
Place of birth Collyhurst, Manchester, England
Playing position Forward (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1974 Manchester United 203 (52)
1974–1976 Arsenal 77 (30)
1976–1979 Manchester City 98 (44)
1979–1980 Everton 40 (12)
1980–1982 Bolton Wanderers 43 (14)
1981 Atlanta Chiefs (loan) 27 (22)
1982–1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 44 (33)
1984 Minnesota Strikers 13 (8)
National team
1970 England 2 (1)
Teams managed
1984–1985 Barrow
1986 Preston North End
1988–1991 Manchester United (youth team)
1991–1998 Manchester United (assistant)
1998–1999 Blackburn Rovers
2000–2003 Leeds United (assistant)
2003–2004 England (assistant)
2006–2008 Sheffield United (assistant)
2009 Portsmouth (assistant)
2009 Manchester City (youth team)
2009- Manchester City (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Brian Kidd (born 29 May 1949 in Collyhurst, Manchester) is an English football coach and former player, who works as the Assistant Manager at Manchester City. He was assistant manager to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in the 1990s. He was also a member of the Manchester United team which won the European Cup in 1968.


Playing career

Kidd played for Manchester United (1963–1974), Arsenal (1974–1976), Manchester City (1976–1979), Everton (1979–1980) and Bolton Wanderers (1980–1982) in the Football League; and the Atlanta Chiefs (1981) (29 appearances, 23 goals), Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1982-83) (51 appearances, 34 goals) and Minnesota Strikers (1984) (13 appearances, 8 goals) in the NASL.

He came to prominence by scoring in the European Cup final in 1968 (for Manchester United in their defeat of Benfica), on his 19th birthday. He earned both of his England caps two years later. Following United's relegation to the Football League Second Division in 1974, Kidd was transferred to Arsenal for £110,000.[1]

Kidd maintained a healthy goalscoring ratio throughout his career, and was still scoring on a regular basis in the final years of his career in America during the early 1980s.

Management and coaching career

After management posts at Barrow and Preston North End, he was involved in coaching young players before being brought back to Manchester United as a youth team coach by Alex Ferguson in 1988 and over the next three years helped bring through a host of talented players like Ryan Giggs and Darren Ferguson. When Ferguson's assistant Archie Knox moved to a similar capacity at Glasgow Rangers in the 1991 close season, Kidd was promoted to the role of assistant manager and helped Ferguson guide United to Football League Cup glory in 1992, the Premier League title in 1993, the double in 1994 and again in 1996, as well as another Premier League title in 1997.

He left United to take charge at Blackburn Rovers in December 1998, but he was unable to save them from being relegated from the Premier League (just four years after being champions) and Kidd was dismissed on 3 November 1999 with Rovers standing 19th in Division One. He moved to Leeds United in May 2000 as youth coach but was promoted to act as Head Coach in March 2001 under David O'Leary and then Terry Venables. He left Leeds in May 2003 after Peter Reid was appointed manager.[2]

Meanwhile, Kidd was named as assistant to England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson in January 2003.[3] He was forced to end this role in May 2004, just weeks before Euro 2004, due to undergoing surgery for prostate cancer.[4] Kidd had recovered by February 2006.[5]

In August 2006, former United player Roy Keane was appointed manager of Sunderland and there were rumours that Kidd would join him as assistant manager at the Stadium of Light, but this never happened. He instead accepted an offer to work as assistant to Neil Warnock at Sheffield United a few months after their promotion to the Premier League.[6] After the Blades were relegated and Warnock resigned, Kidd remained at Bramall Lane under new manager Bryan Robson (another former Manchester United player) but left the club after Robson departed in February 2008.[7]

On 11 February 2009, Kidd was appointed as the assistant to caretaker manager Paul Hart at Premier League side Portsmouth.[8] He stayed until August, when he rejected a new contract offer.[9]

Kidd became Technical Development Manager at Manchester City in September 2009,[10] before becoming Assistant Manager to new boss Roberto Mancini on 19 December 2009, following the sacking of manager Mark Hughes.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Barrow England 1984 1985 19 5 6 8 26.32
Preston North End England 24 January 1986 1 March 1986 4 0 3 1 00.00
Blackburn Rovers England 4 December 1998 3 November 1999 44 12 14 18 27.27


  1. ^ Sporting heroes
  2. ^ "Leeds axe Gray and Kidd". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 15 March 2003. Retrieved 22 February 2008.  
  3. ^ "Kidd gets England role". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 January 2003. Retrieved 22 February 2008.  
  4. ^ "McClaren nets England role". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 14 May 2004. Retrieved 22 February 2008.  
  5. ^ "Kidd keen on return to coaching". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 7 February 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2008.  
  6. ^ "Kidd snubs Sunderland for Blades". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 11 September 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2008.  
  7. ^ "Blackwell in for Robson at Blades". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 14 February 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008.  
  8. ^ "Kidd Joins Blues". (Portsmouth FC). 11 February 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009.  
  9. ^ "Portsmouth and Kidd part company". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 10 August 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.  
  10. ^ "Brian Kidd joins Manchester City". (Manchester City FC). 7 September 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009.  

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Archie Knox
Manchester United F.C. Assistant Manager
Succeeded by
Steve McClaren


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